Vatican City – for the first time a Catholic diocese has nominated a woman as the episcopal vicar, usually this role is reserved for a consecrated man. This novelty concerns the city of Friburg, in Switzerland, and needless to say the news made world headlines. Marianne Pohl-Henzen, is a 60 years old married woman with three adult children and various grandchildren. She accepted this post as a positive sign that will promote women in the Church.
In these last years Marianne worked hard as the right hand for her predecessor episcopal vicar.
Of course this does not mean that she will be a consecrated priest, however the responsibility of the staff and all the matters concerning the diocesan clergy will be in her hands.
This is an unprecedented fact, Marianne has a solid theological studies background and she did not hide the hope, that this passage can herald a positive novelty even in Rome where it is being discussed whether to open the female diaconate. A vexed question that divides the Church and that continues to be at the centre of internal resistance.