Pope to promote women to Vatican top jobs: Cardinal

Pope Benedict XVI may be about to appoint women to some of the Vatican's top posts, a leading cardinal suggested in remarks carried by Italian newspapers.

Pope to promote women to Vatican top jobs: Cardinal
Pope Benedict XVI may be about to appoint women to some of the Vatican's top posts, a leading cardinal suggested in remarks carried by Italian newspapers.

'Everybody knows we are discussing new appointments at the Vatican,' said Tarcisio Bertone, who as its secretary of state is one of the Vatican's most influential figures after the pope, 'I certainly think some of these will be taken by women.'

Bertone singled out women's charisma, potential and sense of responsibility as qualities that could help them 'render great services' to the pope and the Church.

The Vatican hierarchy is by tradition dominated by males.

And while congregations - the most important departments within the Roman Curia - must by rule by headed by ordained priests, there is no specific reason why women should not be allowed to take up key roles within other offices.

At the moment, top female officials are scarce. One notable exception is Mary Ann Glendon, an American who in 1994 was appointed by the late Pope John Paul II to head the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, an important body charged with advising the pope on such issues as globalisation and technological advances.

DPA

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