Can someone who knows please explain to me what has changed since Pope Francis opened up the former “minor orders” of lector and acolyte to both lay men and women? Since the late 70’s and certainly by the 80’s most parishes in the USA have had female lectors and altar servers and some serving as adult “acolytes.”
Now that these lay men and women can be installed “officially” into these ministries, are there any dioceses doing so and how do the “installed” versions of the uninstalled versions of these two ministries inter-relate?
PLEASE HELP ME OUT IN THIS!
And the same with the brand new ministry of “CATECHIST” which Pope Francis has formerly established.
How would the officially recognized CATECHIST relate to those who we already have teaching in religious education programs, both for children and adults?
Already, most dioceses have ways to certify who will be called a Director of Religious Education, DRE, and those who have lesser degrees called “Coordinators of Religious Education” or CRE’s.
We have CCD teachers, some of whom are certified by diocesan programs and guidelines and others that aren’t.
DEAR GOD, WHAT HAS CHANGED IF ANYTHING IN ALL THESE NEW DECISIONS????????