Throughout his papacy and even recently, His Holiness, Pope Francis has warned the Church about clericalizing the laity who actually want to be. Recently it was directed toward permanent deacons who see their role as serving the altar, becoming "mini" or wannabe priests. But deacons DO enter the clerical state.
But hasn't Pope Francis himself now done just that? Permanently installing laity into two liturgical ministries, lector and acolyte once reserved for those preparing for the diaconate and/or priesthood and thus just for men?
Was this "development of doctrine" itself a misnomer, it should be "development of canon law", well thought out?
I am beginning to have some second thoughts.
Pope Francis' quote:
No to clericalizing the laity
Setting aside his prepared text, Pope Francis warned against the danger of what he termed as “clericalizing the laity”. Sometimes, he said, permanent deacons, who are to be the custodians of service in dioceses, soon find themselves “looking at the altar” and end up as “wannaby priests”. Work with the laity but don’t clericalize them, the Pope said. "Move the deacons away from the altar… They are the custodians of service, not first-class altar boys or second-class priests,” he added.
How much more for a permanent installation of lectors and acolytes from the laity?