Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
I don't mean to stir controversy, but I just learned of this by coincidence today. I'm a bit late in learning about this, but I am also not a Catholic
What do y'all think about female Eucharistic ministers? I know we disagree, obviously by a lot of the backlash just as the idea of girls wearing the same vestments as altar boys, but seriously, what is y'all opinion? In particular, what do our resident Catholic boardies think. Could some of the Catholics here perhaps explain their experience or reasoning with this? I am curious more so than judgemental about this.
First of all, the *only*
"Eucharistic ministers" in the Catholic Church are priests and deacons. Those who assist them, when necessary
(would that that were always the case!) are called "Extraordinary eucharistic ministers" or "extraordinary ministers of the eucharist". These people, whether men or women are not ordained, and depending on which parish of which diocese they are in they get training that varies from excellent to almost none (that's a whole other issue!).
Their existence and function is approved and "regulated" (well...) by Rome. See http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/laity/documents/rc_con_interdic_doc_15081997_en.html
I find their use, whether they are men or women, to be, at least in the U.S., excessive and distracting. There are situations, such as at some of the Masses at the parish I belong to, where their participation is justified (of our 4 priests we have 2 who are old and physically ailing, one of whom is semi-retired who are not physically up to serving Holy Communion to hundreds of parishioners at a time, and we have only one deacon at the moment who is only there occasionally.)
If a vote were held about the use of EMOE's I would vote to limit their use drastically and to restrict it to men and to ensure that they had thorough, comprehensive training with at least annual "re-training" workshops.