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Pope Francis says women can read at Mass, but still can’t be priests




Pope Francis says women can read at Mass, but still can't be priests

Pope Francis, the bishop of Rome and the head of Vatican Church, has changed the church law Monday affirming that the women would now be allowed to read gospels at the Mass, a role which was officially reserved for men, accept few exceptions. However, they would still not serve as priests in churches.

It is pertinent to note here that in the Roman Catholic Church, the priesthood is seen as an exclusively male preserve. Women are not allowed to be ordained as priests.

Meanwhile, in the decree, called Spiritus Domini (The Spirit of the Lord), Pope Francis said he had taken the decision after theological reflection and was making the change to increase recognition of the “precious contribution” women make in the church. However, Pope Francis stressed that these roles were “essentially distinct from the ordained ministry”, meaning that they should not be seen as an automatic precursor to women one day being allowed to be ordained, priests. The Vatican reserved the priesthood for men.

“The pontiff, therefore, has established that women can accede to these ministries and they are attributed by a liturgical function that institutionalises them,” the Vatican said in an explanatory note.

Pope Francis under pressure to allow women to be deacons

The change comes as the Pope remains under pressure to allow women to be deacons, (the ministers who perform many of the same functions as priests, such as presiding at weddings, baptisms and funerals), the position which is currently reserved for men even though historians say the ministry was performed by women in the early church.

According to reports, after the first commission failed to reach a consensus on whether women could be deacons, Francis created a second commission to look into the matter. While those in favour of expanding the diaconate to include women say, doing so would give women a greater say in the ministry and governance of the church, while also helping address priest shortages in several parts of the world. However, the ones opposing the stand opine that allowing it would become a slippery slope toward ordaining women to the priesthood.


Bruce Springsteen fined £350 as consume driving charges dropped




Bruce Springsteen faces drunk driving charge

Prosecutors dropped drink driving and reckless driving charges after the musician, 71, entered his plea in an online arraignment in Newark.

Springsteen, whose tracks have chronicled existence in New Jersey and its shore scene, admitted downing “two tiny pictures of tequila” at Sandy Hook beach front, in a restricted zone.

District Court Justice of the peace Choose Anthony Mautone, who claimed lawyers experienced agreed to settle the scenario before the hearing, also imposed $40 in costs, and then asked the rock star how extended he would need to pay out the $540 complete.

“I assume I can fork out that immediately, your honor,” mentioned Springsteen, seated future to his attorney, Mitchell Ansell.

“I feel you can, but I don’t want to compel you to do so,” said the decide. “I’m going to give you a week to get this finished.”

Ansell issued a statement just after the listening to indicating that Springsteen was “pleased” with the result, noting that prosecutors could not demonstrate the much more really serious charges and that his consumer experienced no former legal file.

Prosecutors informed the courtroom that the ban on alcohol intake at Sandy Hook to start with went into outcome last summer season. The beach extends into the Atlantic just south of New York City and is about 10 miles from Springsteen’s household.

Springsteen also confronted the more really serious expenses of reckless driving and driving whilst intoxicated. But Assistant US Lawyer Adam Baker reported he was dropping both of those of them.

Baker explained prosecutors could not demonstrate the reckless driving case and famous that Springsteen’s .02% blood alcohol level was much down below the point out restrict, even even though the incident transpired on federal assets.

Mautone said he agreed, introducing that “I cannot think about that I would be persuaded that the govt could maintain this load of proof.”

The decide also discovered that considering that 1973 Springsteen’s history shows only a few driving violations, 1 of which concerned use of a cellphone and the other two “aren’t even violations.”

Springsteen most lately arrived to the general public eye in a Tremendous Bowl ad on February 7 in which he spoke of reuniting a divided America in a two-moment movie titled “The Middle” sponsored by Jeep.

Spotify also released a podcast this 7 days termed “Renegades: Born in the USA” that includes Springsteen and previous President Barack Obama.

After news of his arrest became community, Jeep reported it stopped operating the advertisement until finally much more was recognised about the incident.

Additional reporting by Reuters

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