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Making a Case for Women Deacons

In April, the president of Germany’s bishops’ conference called for establishing an office for female deacons. The bishop of Regensburg responded that the “the office of bishop and deacon is inseparably bound to priest and bishop” and “the tradition that only men may be ordained is based on the Bible.” Gerald O’Collins, writing in The Tablet, has responded:

Bishop Voderholzer (of Regensburg) seems to have overlooked not only a document co-authored by his predecessor in Regensburg, Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller (now Archbishop Müller and prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith), but also an addition to the canon law of the Western Church made by Pope Benedict XVI.

Read O’Collins’ entire article, Unlock the Door: The Case for Women in the Diaconate, by clicking here and click on this title, Women Deacons: How Long Will It Take for the Catholic Church to Open this Door, to read a paper commissioned by Voice of the Faithful® and promulgated during VOTF’s 10th Year Conference in Boston last September.

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Abbot’s call for Church reform receives attention throughout Europe

Swiss Abbot Makes Fiery Appeal for Church Reform

A fiery appeal for church reform by an influential Swiss abbot has attracted widespread attention throughout Europe, and has, moreover, been welcomed by the future president of the Swiss bishops’ conference. Fifty-year-old Abbot Martin Werlen, leader of the Abbey of Einsiedeln and himself a member of the Swiss bishops’ conference, first voiced his appeal in a sermon on the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Second Vatican Council …

Titled ‘Discovering the Embers Under the Ashes,’ it echoes remarks by Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini in his last interview before his death Aug. 31. Referring to the state of the church today, Martini spoke of his sense of powerlessness and how Catholicism’s ’embers’ were ‘hidden under the ashes.’

Werlen said he is alarmed by the present state of the church. ‘The situation of the church is dramatic, not only in the German-speaking countries,’ he said. ‘It is dramatic not only because of the rapidly decreasing number of priests and religious or because of plummeting church attendance. The real problem is not a problem of numbers. What is missing is the fire! We must face the situation and find out what is behind it.’”

By Christa Pongratz-Lippitt, National Catholic Reporter

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