Laywomen appointees at Vatican bring expertise, feminine insights
by Natalie Robertson
Pope Francis appointed five new consultors of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on Saturday, April 21, 2018. Among the appointees are three female academics and two priests. The women are Dr. Linda Ghisoni and Dr. Michelina Tenance, both professors at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and Dr. Laetitia Calmeyn, lecturer of theology at the College des Bernardins in Paris.
Women have served as staff members at the dicastery in the past. The new female appointees will serve as consultors in this important department responsible for “protecting and promulgating the doctrine of the Catholic Church.” They bring to the Vatican their expertise on canon law, theology, laity, and family life. The collaboration and valuable perspective of these female specialists are vital for the Church to respond to new challenges and “develop fresh insights.”