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Could the Catholic Church let women serve as deacons?

The pope says he'll think about it.

 

Jaya Saxena

IRL

Published May 12, 2016   Updated May 26, 2021, 7:12 pm CDT

In what could be a groundbreaking move for the Catholic Church, Pope Francis announced he is looking into allowing women to serve as deacons, possibly bringing an end to the church’s traditional all-male clergy. Go, Cool Pope!

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#Actually, in the early history of the church, women already served as deacons, which the pope said he learned from a “good, wise professor.” Inspired by this, he wants to look more into the roles of these women, and if it’s something the church could bring back. 

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“Constituting an official commission that might study the question?” he asked in a meeting with the International Union of Superiors General, a Catholic women’s group. “I believe yes. It would do good for the church to clarify this point. I am in agreement. I will speak to do something like this.”

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He also encouraged the women’s group to remember that “no” is a full sentence, saying if someone asks “you to do something that is more of servitude than service, you are courageous to say no!”

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However, we’re still far away from having women in the clergy. The pope said he would create a commission to study the question, which is hardly direct action. But could this be the beginning of a slippery slope of liberal thought that leads us straight to the apocalypse? Maybe!

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*First Published: May 12, 2016, 1:57 pm CDT