The 84-year-old broke with centuries of tradition as he installed Sister Becquart to the post of undersecretary of the Synod of Bishops. She is one of two new faces named to the Synod, which is a group of bishops that studies the huge questions of doctrine. Secretary general of the Synod, Cardinal Mario Grech, hailed the move exposing how it showed Francis’ wish for “a greater participation of women in the process of discernment and decision-making in the church” had come true.
Her appointment has raised the prospect of her participating in Vatican votes, something women have never been able to do in the upper echelons of the Catholic church.
Francis’ willingness to ensure female inclusion within the church evolves, demonstrates which direction the pontiff wants the Vatican to move into, ensuring a more liberal approach to those who wish to join the faith.
Yet by implementing this agenda, Francis has left traditionalists within the church – such as former pontiff Benedict – “terrified” as they fear the rich history of Catholicism could be ripped apart.
Lynda Telford, a religious historian, told Express.co.uk that moves to install females in more powerful positions could split the Vatican.
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