Are women teachers different than women “pastors” or women speakers during Mass? I remember a nun speaking during the homily. I think she received or receives special permission to speak on the Gospels to “her” congregation, since she ran or runs the parish. Not sure if this was a permanent thing or not. It seems when someone speaks during the homily they are speaking on behalf of the church, so the women or lay person should speak at another time. It is often even lay people speak during the homily time slot. I think i heard the lay person or woman should speak at a different part of the Mass so to suggest not speaking on behalf of the church on the Gospels.
I was and still am somewhat confused after spending time in the protestant Churches about women being pastors and then also teaching at various theological colleges and then Catholic institutions and even being spiritual directors for men, ordained men too?
It started to make sense when finding out only Priests and Deacons and Bishops, all of which are men, were ordained to provide the sacraments and are called pastors (if head of a local Parish, as far as I am aware). Don’t think “perform” the sacraments is the best word, right, since it isn’t a performance?!?
But since deaconesses? were always to teach women (and children), then it is OK for them to teach and spiritually direct men, lay and ordained, right, as long as not in the Mass? This is still teaching men, but still not a pastor or in a pastoral role in the liturgy in front of the Mass, so maybe OK. I heard women can be pastoral associates now? too, but obviously, they are ordained to do any sacraments.
Any thoughts? Thank you for your help!