More Women Appointed in Vatican Roles

Pope Francis recently appointed two women to positions within the Vatican, in an effort to give women more power in the church’s administration. He chose French member of the Xaviere Missionary Sisters Nathalie Becquart and Italian magistrate Catia Summaria.

Becquart, who is 52, will serve as co-undersecretary of the Synod of Bishops, which gives her the right to vote in the all-male assemblies. Summaria makes history as the first woman to serve as Promoter of Justice in the Vatican Court of Appeals. 

In recent years, the Pope has appointed nearly a dozen women to Vatican posts. In 2018, 10,000 people signed a petition demanding women get a right to vote in the church. 

The Realist Woman’s take:

This is an incredibly progressive move for Pope Francis and I feel like every time I read a story about him, he is making these kinds of moves. He has shown himself to be a bit more progressive than the ones who came before him and it’s a great thing. I think more is to come for women and their posts within the Vatican and I believe it’s beneficial to the church as a whole. Women should always have leading roles and major involvement in the church.