From a reader:
I’m a catholic musician. I’ve been reading papal and other magisterial documents about liturgical music. I would like to ask what is the status quaestionis concerning women participation in liturgical actions, namely singing in mass. The only reference to this particular question I’ve found is in Pius X Tra le sollecitudine which prohibits women to sing in mass quite clearly.
I think it is fairly clear that women are permitted to sing in church.
There was a time when there was need of permission for the bishop for women to sing in church.
The idea behind this is is that only clerics should speak liturgical texts, clerics and those who substituted for them. Women could then never substitute (and in my opinion still shouldn’t). Therefore they shouldn’t sing sacred texts in church.
However, I believe all that has been pretty much swept aside, and rightly so.
Yes… women can sing in church.
Here is an example from Sunday of a women singing in church during communion.