Posts Tagged Rev. Joseph Illo

Banning girl altar servers takes Catholic Church backyard / San Francisco Chronicle

By Sally Vance-Trembath, Santa Clara University ecclesiologist and former Voice of the Faithful® vice president

The pastor of Star of the Sea parish in San Francisco, the Rev. Joseph Illo, recently decided to stop training girls as altar servers, reserving the role for boys. He explained that, among other things, serving at Mass is a preparation for priesthood — a male-only vocation.

“The decision to phase out girls is not only out of step with current Catholic teaching, it also risks triggering painful memories for many Catholic women, just as they were beginning to feel hopeful about their status in the church.”

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San Francisco priest bars altar girls, sparks another controversy / Religion News Service

A Catholic priest who recently took charge of a San Francisco parish has said only boys can be altar servers, a move that is sparking both criticism and praise and comes amid a wider debate over conservative concerns that the Catholic Church has become too ‘feminized.’

“As media coverage of the controversy at Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church began to build in recent days, the Rev. Joseph Illo defended his decision in a statement issued Monday (Jan. 26), saying he decided to make the change in November, a few months after he became pastor. Illo cited two main reasons for the switch.”

By David Gibson, Religion News Service, on Cruxnow.com — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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