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Women already guide retreats, lead conferences and preach in some circumstances, wrote French Dominican Sister Catherine Aubin.
Church liturgical norms say that people who are not ordained – including nuns – may not preach the homily at Mass, although they can preach in other situations.
The Catholic Church’s Code of Canon Law teaches that qualified and committed lay Catholic men and women are allowed to preach in particular circumstances and cooperate in exercising the ministry of the word. Preaching during Mass, however, is reserved to those who have received the sacrament of orders, that is, deacons and priests.
Swedish Dominican Sister Madeleine Fredell wrote in her article that preaching is part of her vocation as a Dominican, and “even though I can (preach) almost anywhere,” she regretted “not being able to give the homily during Mass.”
“I am convinced that listening to the voice of women at the moment of the homily would enrich our Catholic worship,” said the theologian.
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