• Pope agrees to set up commission to study women deacons

    Pope agrees to set up commission to study women deacons

    • May 12, 2016

    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

  • Four more footnotes to Francis' family manifesto

    Four more footnotes to Francis' family manifesto

    • Apr 10, 2016

    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,

  • Should women be ordained as deacons?

    • Oct 7, 2015

    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