Catholics for a Changing Church

Two Catholic dioceses in Germany allow lay people to preside at baptisms


The Dioceses of Essen and Rottenburg-Stuttgart say priest shortage and concern to promote equality between men and women are behind the move

Carolin Winkler said she was "pleasantly surprised" to learn that it would be a woman who would baptize her 5-month-old daughter, Mara. The celebration took place last Sunday at St. Hedwig's Parish in the Catholic Diocese of Essen, in the Ruhr region of Western Germany. "Prior to this, I had no particular expectations on this issue, but the fact that a lay person, especially a woman, can baptize my daughter has excited my whole family," said the young mother.

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