Passing On the Alb

My Career as an Altar Girl
A girl altar server carries Pope Benedict XVI's zucchetto during his visit to St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish in Rome

I think by now it's safe to say that altar girls are a positive part of Catholic life. Young women who serve the priest at Mass benefit from taking an active role in the liturgy, and the parish benefits from their service. There's nothing controversial about that opinion in my parish, and it's probably taken for granted in your parish too. But it would be a pleasant surprise to hear something similar from Rome.

The Vatican stopped saying no to altar girls just fifteen years ago. But...

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Mollie Wilson O'Reilly is an associate editor of Commonweal. She blogs at dotCommonweal.