reflections, updates and homilies from Deacon Mike Talbot inspired by the following words from my ordination: Receive the Gospel of Christ whose herald you have become. Believe what you read, teach what you believe and practice what you teach...
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
These are the words of Pope Francis on the idea a few have about women in the diaconate; for now, it appears to be kicked down the road. I shall yawn and move on; nothing to see here
Noting that in Bulgaria the Pope visited an Orthodox community that has cultivated a tradition of ordaining women deacons to proclaim the Gospel, and that in a few days he will be meeting the International Union of Superiors General, a journalist asked Pope Francis what he has learnt from the Study Commission's report on the Women’s Diaconate, and about his thoughts on the issue.
Pope Francis created the Study Commission on the Women's Diaconate in 2016.
Answering the reporter’s question, the Pope said the Commission worked for almost two years until it came to a halt due to differences in vision.
He said that regarding women’s diaconate “there is a way of conceiving it with a different vision to that of the male diaconate”.
Although there are historical documents regarding the ministry of women deacons, the Pope said “there is no certainty that their ordination was in the same form and purpose as male ordination”.
He said the commission did a good job and their conclusions can serve to move forward in the quest for a definitive “yes or no” concluding that theologians are at a point in which they are studying the various theses.