Pope warns against clericalism in making laity deacons

In a wide-ranging interview, Pope Francis has spoken about sexual abuse, the Society of St Pius X and clericalising laity by making them deacons.

Pope Francis told French newspaper La Croix that it is often a mistake to “clericalise” talented laity by turning them into deacons.

“In Buenos Aires, I have known many good priests who, seeing a capable lay person, immediately exclaimed ‘Let’s make him a deacon’,” Francis said.

“No, you must let the lay person be lay.”

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