Saturday, November 26, 2016

Vatican Panel Discourses OKing Female Deacons; Reformers Hope It Leads to Women Being Priests

A papal commission on the role of female deacons met for the first time yesterday in a move reformers hope will open the door to women eventually entering the Catholic clergy, the AFP (Agence France-Presse) website reports today (November 26, 2016).

At the present time, only men can serve as priests or as deacons in the Catholic Church.

The new commission -- which includes six women among its 13 members -- has been instructed to examine whether women regularly acted as deacons in the early Christian church.

Advocates of women playing a greater role in church governance say they did, so there should therefore be no barrier to them serving as deacons now.

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