Pontifications

Pontifications


Women as Swiss Guards? They could make this look good…

posted by David Gibson

The Swiss Guard.jpgAnd they say the Catholic Church never changes…Which is why when the commandante of the Swiss Guards suggests women could be Swiss Guards–the all-male corps that has protected popes since 1506–opens the possibility, it makes headlines.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican’s Swiss Guards will swear in 32 new recruits Wednesday amid suggestions from their new commander that women might one day join their ranks.

Col. Daniel Anrig said Tuesday he was open to the idea of women serving in the elite, 500-year-old papal security force, reversing the long-held position of his predecessors.

“Personally, I could imagine it for one job or another, surely,” Anrig told private Mediaset television. “One could think about it.”

He acknowledged there might be logistical problems, since the Vatican barracks housing the Swiss Guards are already crowded. “Sure, there could be problems, but every problem can be resolved,” he said.

The housing crunch has long been cited by previous commanders as the reason why women couldn’t join.

Anrig, a former Swiss police commander with a degree in civilian and church law, was tapped by Pope Benedict XVI to head the Swiss Guards last August.

The 110-strong force provides ceremonial guard duty, assists at Vatican functions as well as helps to protect the pope. The guards are ubiquitous around the Vatican, in their trademark blue-and-gold uniforms, halberds and crimson-plumed helmets.

Currently, each recruit must be a Catholic male, between the ages of 19 and 30, have completed mandatory Swiss military service, have an impeccable reputation and agree to sign up for at least two years.

Sounds like the debate that preceded the race and then gender integration of the military–and the current one over gays in the military, which won’t last for long. Military men I know don’t seem wigged out by it at all. They can handle themselves, in my experience.

 



Advertisement
Comments read comments(7)
post a comment
Mere Catholic

posted May 7, 2009 at 1:00 pm


Make what look good? I hope you didn’t mean the uniforms, because I think I don’t think most women would even approve of them. God bless the Swiss Guards but this woman thinks that the wardrobe needs updating.



report abuse
 

ed

posted May 7, 2009 at 1:21 pm


wow …calling for wardrobe update too… didn’t Michaelangelo design them? In the ‘rag trade’ that’s call chuzpah..
Same uniform for women is a must.. no skirts … to many in Vatican already..



report abuse
 

Your Name

posted May 7, 2009 at 2:22 pm


I think this is a good idea; I’m sure that there are many women willing to give their LIVES to protect the pope,as I myself would, No matter what I was wearing! This is a wonderful breakthrough, as well as unexpected I’m sure.None the less;WHAT AN HONOR!!)Thank You. J.S.



report abuse
 

Guy Selvester

posted May 7, 2009 at 2:29 pm


Why is everyone ignoring this phrase:”Personally, I could imagine it for one job or another, surely,” Anrig told private Mediaset television. “One could think about it.”
1. Anrig doesn’t make this decision. He was expressing a personal opinion.
2. He said he could imagine it for one job or another as in, office staff, maintenance of equipment, etc. NOT in a uniform out in front on duty.
This is a NON-story but the world media has picked it up like it’s really going to happen. It isn’t.



report abuse
 

ed

posted May 7, 2009 at 4:12 pm


Guy Selvester is one of those guys that expands the ‘doctrine’ to fit his idea of church in 1956.. a good year but….maybe Guy is Swiss!!!
I still say no skirts



report abuse
 

kevin

posted July 12, 2009 at 7:37 pm


Won’t happen in terms of them carrying a lance and direct guard duties. Anyway, they would first have to qualify and remember the Swiss Army has one of the toughest’s reqruitments standards and training in the world making them amoung the toughest out there. Then, only a very small fraction of the applicants get picked up for the Papal Guard Unit. Their level of physical connditioning and training is noteworthy, despite being unknown and shrouded in secrecy. They are a very deadly, elite and can handle themselves amoung the most elite fighting forces in the world. I saw a training video and the skill with the staff and lance is trully astonishing, they could disarm and slice a person to pieces in an instant!



report abuse
 

Pingback: Vatican City, an entire country in Rome | See Simi Travel Blog

Post a Comment

By submitting these comments, I agree to the beliefnet.com terms of service, rules of conduct and privacy policy (the "agreements"). I understand and agree that any content I post is licensed to beliefnet.com and may be used by beliefnet.com in accordance with the agreements.



Previous Posts

More blogs to enjoy!!!
Thank you for visiting Pontifications. This blog is no longer being updated. Please enjoy the archives. Here are some other blogs you may also enjoy: Faith, Media and Culture Prayer, Plain and Simple Happy Blogging!!!  

posted 2:38:01pm Aug. 27, 2012 | read full post »

Moving on, and many, many thanks...
So...my recent vacation and related absences also coincided with an offer from PoliticsDaily.com to cover religion for them, as editor Melinda Henneberger announces here in her roundup on the site's very successful first 100 days. That means, in short, that I'll have to sign off from blogging h

posted 8:29:24pm Aug. 02, 2009 | read full post »

Calvin at 500, Calvinism 2.0
If you thought you knew John Calvin--who turned 500 last week--you probably don't know enough. For example, that he was French, born Jean Cauvin. And if he was in fact scandalized by dancing, he was also a lot more complex than that. I explored the new look Calvin in an essay at PoliticsDaily, "Patr

posted 11:53:35am Jul. 16, 2009 | read full post »

Apologia pro vita sua...Kinda
 In my defense, I've had computer outages and family reunions and a few days of single-parenthood, which is always a bracing reminder of what many parents go through all the time. And this weekend it's off for a week's vacation. Anyway, hence the long absence. Apologies to those who have chec

posted 10:51:36am Jul. 16, 2009 | read full post »

When Benny met Barry: "I'll pray for you!"
The first word via Vatican Radio and first image (that I saw) via Rocco: Speaking to Vatican Radio, Press Office Director Fr. Federico Lombardi said "moral values in international politics, immigration and the Catholic Church's contribution in developing countries" were key topics of discussio

posted 12:54:28pm Jul. 10, 2009 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.