Mother Miriam on EWTN states that women should not be in the Sanctuary

She follows this up by saying that the fruits of this are what we see in the amazon synod where women are now being elevated to positions of deaconess outside of any orders from the Holy see.

Mother Miram airs Monday to Friday from 10-11 a.m.

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Mother Miriam is well-intentioned but she often says things that are not dogma as though they are dogma. I worry about those who may be led astray by such statements.

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She’s not wrong though. It isn’t their role.

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Sorry, I was referring to Church teaching, which does not prohibit women from being on the altar. If you believe “it isn’t their role,” I’d gently suggest you have a problem with Church teaching.

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If they’re EMs or altar servers, then it most certainly is their “role”.

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That’s Mother Miram‘s opinion and should be treated as such.

It is permitted at the discretion of the Bishop:

https://www.catholic.com/qa/are-female-altar-servers-permitted

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Well, the fact that this is a matter for individual bishops to decide for their location, and not a “blanket” permission says something, I think.

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Not to mention there is a difference between “teaches” and “allows”.

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What, specifically, does it “say”?

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Men shouldn’t be ON the altar either. :crazy_face:

But, grammar aside, I agree with her.

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Is this new? I don’t recall her being on at those times.

Yes: it says that it’s allowed. Just because it’s at a bishop’s discretion does not mean that it is any less “allowed”, and it does not make it a bad practice that women being allowed near the altar isn’t a blanket allowance.

It’s her time slot since being released from Relevant Radio. She’s now on The Station of the Cross network.

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I hope nobody is “On the Altar” but Jesus… :wink: Just picking.

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Well, I think it “says” that this isn’t totally the norm, and it might not be suitable in all places or all times, and that a bishop might want to carefully consider whether this is a proper practice for his diocese, i.e. that this is not a practice that the universal church wholeheartedly recommends.

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There are a lot of things women do in the sanctuary (let’s be correct here, as Cajun Joy pointed out, nobody should be on the altar itself but Jesus) besides be altar servers.

Women routinely serve as lectors, cantors, and EMHCs.
In addition, women perform sacristan duties in the sanctuary outside of Mass.

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Is this the nun who used to be Jewish, Rosalind Moss?

Deacon Christopher

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My guess is that if one thinks women shouldn’t be in the sanctuary during Mass (not sure about after), one also thinks that women shouldn’t be lectors, EMHC, etc.

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Thomas you are very active today!

Please refrain from presenting your personal opinion as actual catholic dogma. You have done it in many threads and clearly feel particularly strongly about women in the church.

As a new convert I understand that you are excited and eager to discuss your new faith. However by blatantly disregarding other posters responses and making sweeping (and often historically incorrect) comments - it has locked previous threads on what could be a healthy discussion.

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