The Synod of Bishops that recently met in Rome to discuss the Bible voted 191 to 45 in favor of officially installing women as lectors. In the 1970's, Paul VI opened this up to lay men, but excluded women because it had traditionally been a step for seminarians on their path to ordination. While I'm not under the delusion that most of these bishops support women's ordination, I think that this is a step in the right direction. I'm not aware of any diocese that installs laymen as lectors because it would be demeaning for the women who could not be installed.
Technically, lay people that read the Scriptures at mass are temporary lectors, which is why they can read without being installed. While the bishops made this recommendation to the pope, it is in Benedict's court if he will act on it. In either case, I think it is positive news that the bishops gathered in Rome realize the hypocracy of only allowing men to be installed as lectors. Hopefully, this is another step towards realizing the hypocracy of not ordaining women.
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