en.news There is a “female cleric” participating in the Youth Synod according to AmericaMagazine.org (October 22).
It is Martina Viktorie Kopecká, 32, of the Czechoslovak Hussite Church (established 1920 in Prague). Addressing the Synod she wore a black robe and a white stole.
She expressed her fear that the bishops may have been "shocked” to see her in preacher attire [in reality
Pope Francis has celebrate liturgies with females dressed up as “bishops”].
Kopecká hopes that she may be able to “turn the direction” of the Synod and “influence decisions” [which is not likely because she is probably less Protestant than most bishops attending the Synod].
“After my intervention, a lot of people came to me in the hallways, saying they listened to me and were inspired” Kopecká said. “I was surprised that they even listened to me. I am quite young and a woman. I wore a white stole. They are not pushing me away. They accept me as a member of the family.”“I feel accepted. My voice is heard,” she said. “I can even turn the direction” of the conversation and influence decisions. “My answers are valued. We support each other.”