Cardinal says more women to join theological commission

Cardinal Muller

More women will be joining the International Theological Commission, with the number rising from two to “five or six,” according to the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, reports Vatican Insider.

Historian Lucetta Scaraffia, who conducted the interview with Cardinal Gerhard Müller for L’Osservatore Romano, said the Cardinal “also informed me that the new International Theological Commission the Pope is about to make nominations for will include more women than previously. As far as I understood the number of women will go from two to five or six." That would be a significant increase.

The interview took place in the Cardinal’s apartment and the Vatican newspaper’s reporter was given an informal welcome. During their discussion, Cardinal Müller underlined that the female presence in the Church needed to be recognised within its own specific context, it should not be an imitation of the male model. He stressed that the Church needs to be like a mother, not an institution, because an institution cannot love but a mother can.

During the interview with Mrs Scaraffia, the Cardinal returned to the issue of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, whom Cardinal Müller recently entered into complex negotiations with.

“Meanwhile, we need to bear in mind that they do not represent all US nuns, but just a group of nuns who form part of an association,” the German Prefect said. “We have received many distressed letters from other nuns belonging to the same congregations, who are suffering a great deal because of the direction in which the LCWR is steering their mission.”

FULL STORY Müller: More women to join the international theological commission (Vatican Insider)

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