Thank you for your wonderful blog.
I have been reading lots of comments, and seen some criticism of women lectors. What is wrong with women being lectors?
I will open the floor to readers in a moment.
First, only men are instituted, “official” lectors. Women can only substitute for them in their absence. Thus, they are a permitted exception to the rule.
Second, the very idea of women entering the sanctuary to perform a liturgical role is a historical oddity.
Third, we need a deeper understanding of “active participation”.
Fourth, because the lectorate has always been a step to Holy Orders, women reading in the sanctuary can be seen by some as a step to the ordination of women to the priesthood.
I am sure others will have comments. I will now back out of the room… but not entirely.