Pope Francis wants to open a “new horizon” for women, calling for the creation of more leadership roles for them in the Vatican.
Pope Francis’ comments come from his address on Saturday to members of the Dicastery for Laity, Family, Life. The dicastery was holding its first plenary assembly since their creation in September of 2016 as a result of reform in the Roman curia.
He praised the dicastery for the inclusion of two women in their body as undersecretaries, but also said “two is too few!” – calling for more, especially in positions of Vatican leadership. He added that when he was naming the new Secretariat of the Economy, two women were on the final list of candidates.
“We must move forward to include women in advisory positions, also in government, without fear. Yes, of course, also as heads of dicasteries.”
The Holy Father said these roles “of women in the Church is not only for functionality,” and that “women’s advice is very important” and “enriching.”
“The role of women in ecclesial organization, in the Church, goes further and we must work on this as well because a woman is the image of ‘Mother Church.’ It is that Marian principle proper to women; a woman in the Church is the image of the bride and the Madonna Church.“
He ended his address with a call to the members of the dicastery to open a “new horizon” for women in the Church.
You can read Pope Francis’ full address here.