Q: A question please. Given that no women in church leadership roles are mentioned during the Eucharistic Prayers when we pray for the pope, bishop/s, clergy and deacons, is it permissible after mentioning the male litany to add something like…“and women in church leadership roles and/or women religious”? In other words, can I nuance a Eucharistic Prayer? I presume not, but hope there may be some wriggle room, especially given the outcry associated with the Australian 2020 Plenary Council about the shameful disregard for women in our church who are its backbone.
A: No, we shouldn’t really play with the eucharistic prayer that way. But you may include petitions for women in leadership in the universal prayer.