At today’s Synod briefing, Fr Thomas Reese SJ Reese posed this question to Brother Herve Janson, a member of the Little Brothers of Jesus, an order noted for its poverty and simplicity:
“What is the rationale for you being admitted to the Synod (as voting member) and religious women not being admitted to the Synod (as voting members)?
Brother Janson replied;
“That is a big question….I felt very uncomfortable (malaise)….Before, the distinction was between cleric and lay. And now, it became between man and woman, exactly as you said very well….I asked myself the same question.” Strikingly, Brother Janson said he thought of refusing (renoncer) the invitation to be a voting member, out of solidarity with women religious.
The full text of the original article can be found at America Magazine. Where were the voting women at the Synod? | America Magazine