Tag: women deacons

U.S. bishop supports synod call to study diaconate for women

VATICAN CITY | Most of the proposals of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon, including the idea of ordaining some married men, are deliberately specific suggestions that would apply only to the Amazon region, said Bishop Robert W. McElroy of San Diego. However, he said, the proposal to continue to study the possibility of… Read more »

Most Amazon bishops support ‘viri probati,’ women deacons, bishop says

VATICAN CITY | Most bishops who lead dioceses in the Amazon support the ordination of married men of proven virtue, or “viri probati,” as a way of addressing the lack of priests in the region, a Brazilian bishop said. Speaking to journalists after a Vatican press briefing Oct. 9, retired Bishop Erwin Krautler of Xingu… Read more »

Pope says study on women deacons was inconclusive

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM NORTH MACEDONIA | The commission Pope Francis appointed to study the history and identity of women deacons did not reach a unanimous conclusion about whether deaconesses in the early church were “ordained” or formally “blessed,” the pope said. “What is fundamental is that there was no certainty that there was… Read more »

Survey assesses views of bishops, diaconate directors on women deacons

WASHINGTON | Should the Vatican permit the ordination of women as deacons — a topic that has been studied by a papal commission — a majority of U.S. bishops surveyed said they would expect the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to pave the way to implement it. There was, though, only a minority of U.S…. Read more »

Idea of having women deacons ‘about ministry,’ not ‘power,’ says speaker

NEW YORK | Ordaining women to the permanent diaconate now, when the church is “crying for ministry,” is a logical way to fulfill its obligation to bring the Gospel to all people, according to panelists at a Jan 15 event at Jesuit-run Fordham University in New York. There is incontrovertible evidence that women served as… Read more »