María Luisa Aspe, a Mexican historian, says that when it comes to women, the Catholic hierarchy is “trying,” but doesn’t always understand their importance in the Church and in society.
Two years ago, she was one of 13 women of Latin America invited by the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, to discuss the role women have in the Church. From the get-go, she said, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, who leads the commission, told them that the questions of female priesthood and gender ideology was out.
“And we agreed to play in this field,” she told Crux on Thursday. But leaving these aside, she said, there is much to be done in the “conservatively traditionalist” Church of Latin America, where cardinals, bishops and priests still believe that the role of women is in the kitchen.