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Sr Nathalie Becquart (CNS/Paul Haring)

The highest-ranking woman in the general secretariat of the Synod of Bishops has said that the ordination of women as Catholic priests is “not an open question” at this time. Source: CNA.

Sr Nathalie Becquart, who serves as an undersecretary for the Church’s ongoing Synod on Synodality, was recently named on the BBC’s list of 100 inspiring and influential women around the world.

In an article published yesterday, the French religious sister said that there are many ways for women to serve the Church, but ordination is not an option.

“For the Catholic Church at this moment, from an official point of view, it’s not an open question,” Sr Nathalie told the BBC.

Sr Nathalie was quoted in a news report that featured the stories of invalid ordinations in the United States of Catholic women dressed in liturgical vestments in which one woman reflected: “Excommunication was just part of the journey.”

In response to the subject of the article, Sr Nathalie said: “It’s not just a matter of you feeling you are called to priesthood, it’s always a recognition that the Church will call you to be a priest. So your personal feeling or decision is not enough.”

“I think we need to broaden our vision of the Church. There are many, many ways for women to serve the Church,” she said.

Pope Francis has also addressed the subject of women’s ordination recently in an interview with America Magazine.

When the Pope was asked for his response to a woman who feels called to be a priest, Pope Francis replied decisively: “And why can a woman not enter ordained ministry? It is because the Petrine principle has no place for that.”


Synod on Synodality official: Women priests ‘not an open question’ for the Church (By Courtney Mares, CNA)