The Catholic bishop of Osnabruck, Germany, Bishop Franz-Josef Bode, thinks that more power for women might possibly have prevented some of the abuse in the Catholic Church.
“The disaster that we experienced in the abuse scandal should actually have led to a radical rethinking of the question of power and the sharing of power in the Church,” said Bode. The abuse scandal has shown “how important the competence of women is, and how much a closed society of men fostered abnormalities.”
The Bishop expressed his hope for the ordination of women to the diaconate, but noted that this is not likely in the immediate future.
While the Bishop considers the Roman rejection of women’s ordination to the priesthood to be binding, he notes this about the experience of the Church: “Disputed question which do not arrive at peaceful resolution over a long period take on their own theological quality. Hidden within the tradition itself is a transformative power which can lead to new insights.”
Summarized and translated from Kathnews by awr.