The Anglican Bishop of Dorking, Jo Wells, is pleased that the charism of women is increasingly being recognised within the Catholic Church. "When women are involved in leadership roles in whatever form, it makes the church a richer, deeper and better place for everyone," the English bishop told the church's Cologne-based internet portal domradio.de (Saturday).
Women have been ordained in the Anglican Church since 1995, and Wells was one of the first. King Charles III is the secular head of the English mother church. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is the spiritual leader, Primate of the Church of England and honorary head of the Anglican world community. According to various sources, the Anglican Church has between 77 and 85 million members in around 500 dioceses worldwide.
The Anglican Church has followed a path that has led to the priesthood and episcopate for women. "In the background, however, the question of the inclusion of all baptised people in the life of the church was and is our highest priority, just as it is now for Catholics, regardless of whether they are given certain titles or functions," explained the bishop.
Wells was a guest speaker at the Council of Cardinals
This process is currently very active in the Catholic Church."When Pope Francis appoints lay people, women and men as members of the synod, it is a clear sign of this," said Wells. However, the fact that Pope Francis is not taking the step of ordaining women is "not necessarily" a contradiction.
At themost recent meeting of the Pope's most important official advisory body, the Council of Cardinals K9, at the beginning of the week, the cardinals and the Pope once again discussed the role of women in the Church. Wells was one of the three guest speakers.
At the end of January, an Anglican-Catholic summit was held in Rome and Canterbury under the motto "Growing Together ", attended by 50 bishops of both denominations from 27 countries. At the meeting, Pope Francis and Archbishop Welby sent out the clergy in pairs in a special joint gesture as a sign of the unity of their churches and their witness to Christ. (KNA)