Francis: Women deacon’s commission gave split report on their role in early church / National Catholic Reporter

Francis said May 7 that the main unresolved question was whether the ordination women deacons received was “sacramental” or not. He said historical documents evaluated by the commission giving the formulas for ordination of women deacons showed they “are not the same as for men’s diaconal ordination.” (National Catholic Reporter)

The Vatican commission studying the history of women serving as deacons in the Catholic Church has been unable to find consensus on their role in the early centuries of Christianity and is yet to give a ‘definitive response,’ Pope Francis said May 7.

“In a press conference aboard the flight back to Rome after his three-day visit to Bulgaria and North Macedonia, the pope said the primary question is whether women who served as deacons were ordained in a manner similar to male deacons.

“Each of the 12 members of the commission, said Francis, ‘thought differently.’

“‘They worked together,’ the pope explained. “And they found agreement up to a certain point. But each one of them has their own vision, which doesn’t accord with that of the others.’

“‘They stopped there as a commission, and each one is studying and going ahead,’ he said.”

By Joshua J. McElwee, National Catholic Reporter — Read more …

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  1. #1 by reginamia on May 8, 2019 - 10:05 AM

    Jesus made it abundantly clear whose enlightened counsel was best suited to guide his followers: Mary his mother, and Mary of Magdala. The other disciples were treated more like foot soldiers – I cannot think of a time when he consulted any of them and took their advice. As soon as he was gone, Peter challenged that. It has not stopped since then.

    How many members of the commission were historical and biblical scholars? How many were women? How many had a demonstrable understanding of gender power struggles and deliberate suppression of women, especially as they exist in large institutions?

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