Catholics/No Girls as Altar Servers


Does the Catholic Church allow girls to serve at Mass as Altar Servers?

No.  The reason is that those who serve Holy Mass in the sanctuary are clergy or acting as clergy.  Those tonsured to the clerical state take precedence in serving Mass:  porters, exorcists, lectors, acolytes, subdeacons, deacons.  If a clergyman is not available, laymen are next preferable, and to show that they are acting as clergy in serving this function, they wear the cassock and surplice of the clerical state.  If no men are available, boys may be used.  By the exmaple and action of Christ, women are not called to the clerical state.


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