Question from on 05-11-2007:
Hello, What is the vaticans views on girl alter servers? I was raised where boys were the only alter servers and I know the vatican has said girl servers are alright but is one preferred over the other? Our girls are approaching the age our parish trains alter servers and we are interested in your answer. God bless you.
Answer by Fr. Jay Toborowsky on 05-17-2007:
Your answer is correct. The Vatican has said that in cases where no boys are available, female altar servers are permissible. This opened the floodgates, but doesn't diminish the Church's belief that boys serving the priest at Mass is a great vocational tool.
Now, there are those who'll say that girls may also benefit from altar serving when it comes to vocations, but as far as I know, in the 15 years that girls have served Mass, I've never heard of a vocation to religious life coming as a result of it.