Hi, it is written that women are not allowed authority in the church, yet we have women giving out communion and girl altar servers. Some ladies I know are Eucharistic ministers but at communion I always go to the priest, it's how my mother, grandmother, and great grandmother have taught me, that the priest is presiding in the person of Jesus. I was put off continuing to be an altar boy when I was younger due to the girls being introduced, my priest before had said being an altar boy was like early training for priesthood. The girls could never achieve this, but went from 15 altar boys to 2 or 3. And the priest could do nothing. I can't help but feel a lack of priests in our country (UK) has this as part of it's failing.
I'm probably going to get slated for this post, I'm sure many of you are female lay ministers or servers but I can't help how I feel, I wondered what your opinions are and I would also like to know why it was introduced into the church. Honestly I hope I don't upset anyone!