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From Church resources, an Australian website:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-09-18/ta...op/4964804

New Archbishop says no to women in altar role

Tasmania's new Catholic Archbishop has revealed he prefers men not women to take on the role of altar servers at mass.

Archbishop Julian Porteous was installed in a mass at Hobart's St Marys Cathedral last night and the highlights of the ceremony were on YouTube several hours later.

The new Archbishop has declared his passion for social media, but also revealed some traditional views about how services should be run.

St Marys Cathedral has used middle-aged women as altar servers in the past, but The Most Reverend Porteous says he prefers children and men to take on the role, to encourage them into the priesthood.

"Altar servers, generally speaking, are primary school age, around that age, and so there's always been a tradition of having altar boys around that age and so girls can also be at that age," he said.

"When you move into high school I think it's more appropriate that we have men, young men who are serving on the altar."

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference says there's no national policy on altar servers.

But Tasmania's Anti-Discrimination Commissioner is suggesting the Archbishop's position on women as alter servers may not comply with the Act.

Robin Banks says there is an exception to the Act that allows religious institutions to discriminate based on gender but it may not apply in this case.

"There's a defence that says a religious institution can discriminate on the basis of gender if it's required by the doctrines of the religion," Ms Banks said.

"It gets down to the question of is it consistent with the doctrines of the religion to exclude people on the basis of gender. If it's not then the exception wouldn't apply."

Archbishop Porteous is the church's 11th leader in Tasmania.

He was appointed by the Pope in June and moved from Sydney to fill the role.

A written message from the Vatican was heard by more than 600 faithful during last night's installation mass in Latin and English.

He says he is looking forward to embracing Tasmania's island spirit and plans to meet as many people as possible at parishes, schools and hospitals.

Jovan Wrote:The headline looks really good, but when you read the article, the good news is mixed with not-so-good news. You will notice that His Grace says, 'Altar servers, generally speaking, are primary school age, around that age, and so there's always been a tradition of having altar boys around that age and so girls can also be at that age...' Eye-roll So, basically, he just wants to get rid of the feminazi priestlings his predecessors used, not return to Tradition on this matter.

Also, you'll note that, immediately, the State gets involved! [quote='Anti-Discrimination Commissioner of the State of Tasmania, Robin Banks']Tasmania's Anti-Discrimination Commissioner is suggesting the Archbishop's position on women as alter servers may not comply with the Act.

Robin Banks says there is an exception to the Act that allows religious institutions to discriminate based on gender but it may not apply in this case.

'There's a defence that says a religious institution can discriminate on the basis of gender if it's required by the doctrines of the religion," Ms Banks said.

'It gets down to the question of is it consistent with the doctrines of the religion to exclude people on the basis of gender. If it's not then the exception wouldn't apply.'

Jovan Wrote:Since the Vatican 'allows' it, we can expect State action or discrimination lawsuits from the feminazis as soon as His Grace puts the policy into operation.
The bishop has the authority to make that decision anyway.
There's a developing club of clerics in Oz who recognize that traditional stuff is better than crazy stuff but only as an intellectual pride thing. They meet for wines and flatter each other and that's about it. Still better than the opposite but hardly saints.
So who is the local authority who determines doctrine of religion?
The parish priests. LOL Unsure