5.12
Pope Francis Open to ‘Study’ Women Deacons

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Deacon ordination at St. Peter's

In an historic decision Pope Francis says he wants to study the possibility of women deacons. More from America here: Pope Francis Open to ‘Study’ Women Deacons. The history and controversy surrounding women deacons from Phyllis Zagano  here: Catholic Women Deacons. This is a study about the rights and responsibilities of the baptized.

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10.6
Synod Should Reflect On Allowing Female Deacons Says Archbishop

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Archbishop Gatineau

Archbishop Gatineau of Quebec says that the Family Synod should reflect on the idea of possibly allowing women to be deacons. The Church has said that women can never be priests, because, among other things, all of the apostles were men, but in the early Church some women were deacons. More from CNS here: Synod Should Reflect On Allowing Female Deacons Says Archbishop

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10.3
A Deacon’s Education

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Deacons during Ember Days
(Above: Catholic deacons bless livestock during Ember days.) Wonderful article about the role of deacons in the Catholic Church and one deacon’s life changing experience in America magazine here: A Deacon’s Education. I hope that someday women will be returned to the deaconate. Wouldn’t that be a blessing?

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