- Jul 15, 2020
Secularism has to be accompanied by a strong law guaranteeing religious freedom, because “we are all equal,” and everyone should have the right to express their own faith.
No doubt, the big story on the Vatican beat this week was Pope Francis’ apparent willingness to entertain whether women can serve as deacons in the Catholic Church. The word “apparent” is required because, as with so many other things in the Francis era, exactly what the pontiff meant is
Pope Francis “did not say he intends to introduce a diaconal ordination for women,” and he certainly did not speak about the ordination of women priests.
In response to a request from an international gathering of Catholic nuns on Thursday, Pope Francis said he will create a commission to study women deacons in the early church, to help answer the question of whether women could also serve as deacons today. Currently the Catholic diaconate, which is
To be sure, there’s plenty of text in Pope Francis’ sweeping new document on the family, titled Amoris Laetitia, which was released by the Vatican on Friday. It runs to 60,000 words and 264 pages in the English version, making it a whopper. Yet from a news point of view,
This week, Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher of Gatineau, Quebec, told 300 bishops and priests gathered in Rome for the Synod of Bishops on the family that they should consider allowing women to be deacons as part of an effort to open up more opportunities for women in Church life. Here are