Posts Tagged ‘women deacons’

Women deacons served for a millennium Comments 0

Monday, March 4th, 2019
women deacons

Women served as deacons in Europe for about a millennium in a variety of ministerial and sacramental roles, according to Phyllis Zagano, an author and professor of religion at Hofstra University, and Bernard Pottier, S.J., a faculty member at the Institut D’Études Théologiques in Brussels, in an interview this week with America. “They anointed ill Read more

Most religious superiors support women deacons Comments 0

Monday, August 6th, 2018
women deacons

Most US Catholic religious superiors believe women should be allowed to serve as ordained deacons. The results of a study released last week by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University in Washington support women being given greater roles in the church. Seventy-seven percent of male and female superiors in the Read more

Women deacons on the cards Comments 0

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Women deacons could be permitted says top theologian Cardinal Christoph Schonborn. Although Shonborn says there is a chance for this to happen, he  cautions waiting until the group Pope Francis commissioned last year to study the mater of female deacons. Shonborn says there is a precedent for women undertaking deacons’ roles in the Church. He Read more

Catholic Women Deacons Comments 0

Friday, August 12th, 2016
Women deacons by Phyllis Zagano

The Vatican seems poised to publish a theological investigation into the diaconate that does not look kindly on women deacons. On the other hand, reports that the Vatican has outlawed women deacons are not true—at least not yet. The International Theological Commission approved a study on the diaconate during its meeting in Rome from Sept. Read more

Pope surprised at reaction to deaconess study commission Comments 0

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Pope Francis has expressed surprise at the reaction to his decision to have a commission study the role of deaconesses in the early Church. The Pope fielded a question on the topic during a press conference on his flight to Rome from Armenia on June 26. Francis offered to have a commission after he was questioned at Read more

Women deacons in the Catholic Church? Comments 0

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Much of the world may be charmed by Pope Francis, but what has he done to include women as decision makers in the Catholic Church? More to the point, what can he do? Francis has, of course, been busy with other things. The seventy-eight-year-old Jesuit now in the third year of his papacy seems quite Read more

Sister calls for men and women to be on deacon commission Comments 0

Friday, May 20th, 2016

A leading religious sister has called for men and women to be on the Pope’s future commission to study the issue of women deacons. Sr  Carmen Sammut, the president of the International Union of Superiors General (IUSG), also said sisters globally would be better equipped to carry out their work if they could become deacons. Read more

Pope to have commission study women deacon issue Comments 0

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Pope Francis has said he will establish a Vatican commission to study the possibility of allowing women to serve as deacons in the Catholic Church. Francis was asked during a meeting with leaders of female religious congregations about women deacons and their role in the early church. The Pope responded that he had spoken about Read more

Archbishop proposes women deacons, couples giving homilies Comments 0

Friday, October 9th, 2015

At the synod on the family, a Canadian archbishop has called for the ordination of women deacons and for married people to speak in homilies at Masses. Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher, a former president of the Canadian bishops’ conference, released the text of his synod speech on his blog. He proposed three courses of action for Read more

Papal advisor backs married priests, women deacons Comments 4

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

An advisor appointed by Pope Benedict XVI has said married priests and women deacons would bring a new dynamism to the Church. Dietmar Winkler said married priests and women deacons should be reintroduced as soon as possible. He was appointed an adviser to the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity by Pope Benedict XVI and Read more