Munich (dpa / lby) - Cardinal Reinhard Marx has spoken out in favor of the ordination of women to deacons in the Catholic Church. "I believe that the time is ripe that it must and should be open to men and women," said the Archbishop of Munich and Freising on Saturday in Munich's Liebfrauendom. There he celebrated a service on the occasion of the 150th birthday of Ellen Ammann, a formative figure in the Catholic women's movement.
As early as 1917, Ammann asked Archbishop Michael Faulhaber to ordain a group of women as deacons. "May the great woman Ellen Ammann accompany us on this path," said Marx.
The diaconate is an office that should make the connection between prayer and commitment for the poor visible in a special way. "I really hope that we can find a way to make this office stand out even more." There is still a lot of theological and practical work to be done, said Marx. "I believe this renewal can be a great gift to the Church."
According to his own statement, Cardinal Marx also wants to try to examine Ellen Ammann's beatification. Numerous institutions such as the Bavarian branch of the Catholic German Women's Association (KDFB), which can be traced back to Ammann, are already doing this.
The Swedish-German politician Ellen Ammann (1870-1932) is considered one of the pioneers of the Catholic women's movement. In 1919 she was one of the first women to be elected to the Bavarian state parliament for the Bavarian People's Party, of which she remained a member until her death. In addition to the national association of the KDFB, Ammann founded the Catholic station mission and the Bavarian police pastoral care.
Due to the corona pandemic, the celebration of Ellen Ammann's 150th birthday has now been rescheduled with a two-year delay, as the Archbishop's Ordinariate announced.