Today the Vatican announced the membership for the next five-year term of the International Theological Commission. The 30 members include an unprecedented five female members; the Vatican Press Office official statement pointed out that this brings female membership on the commission to 16 percent.
The ITC was established in 1969 for the purpose of “assisting the Holy See, and in particular the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in examining the most important and current doctrinal questions.”
One of the women appointed to the ITC is Australia’s Tracey Rowland, dean of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family in Melbourne and author of, among other things, Ratzinger’s Faith: The Theology of Pope Benedict XVI (2008) and Benedict XVI: A Guide for the Perplexed (2010). Rowland has also been a frequent contributor to CWR over the years; below are links to some of her more recent CWR articles.