Am I right in thinking that priests may prohibit female altar servers?


Full Question

Our parish priest says the Church does not permit the exclusion of female altar servers. I thought a priest can choose whether or not to have girl altar servers. What's the correct answer?

Answer

You are correct. The Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship has made it clear that while permission has been given to bishops to allow girls to serve at the altar, a bishop cannot force a priest in his diocese to admit women and girls to service at the altar.


Peggy Frye