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Female Catholic ‘Pastor’ Making History in Germany

She’s urging other women to follow in her footsteps

A 52-year-old woman making history as the new “pastor” of two German Catholic parishes is urging other women to follow in her footsteps.

From December 1, Christine Hölscher will be in charge of the parishes of Bad Iburg and Glane, in the Diocese of Osnabrück.

Not as a parish office administrator or lay associate, but as the pastor wielding total financial responsibility, presiding over parish council meetings, coordinating the parishes’ activities, and supervising employees, including a non-resident “priest moderator” who will be limited to the celebration of the Sacraments.

It’s a job that both excites Hölscher and grounds her in reality, as she told German Bishops’ website katholisch.de.

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