- Apr 22, 2021
A top Vatican official charged with organizing a major symposium on the priesthood next year has said the discussion will touch on several controversial hot-button issues such as priestly celibacy, the women’s diaconate, clericalism, and the clerical sexual abuse crisis.
The pontiff acted Tuesday on one of the recommendations of the recent Synod of Bishops for the Amazon by creating – for the second time in four years – a commission to study whether women might be ordained as deacons.
The Vatican said Wednesday that Pope Francis has created a new commission of experts to examine whether women can be deacons, an ordained role in the Catholic Church currently reserved for men.
Though Pope Francis’s highly anticipated document on the Amazon bypasses the hot-button issues of women deacons and the married priesthood, a number of the pope’s close advisers have said the door is not definitively closed.
Pope Francis’s highly anticipated document on the Amazon, released on Wednesday, bypasses two hot-button issues looming over its publication.
At least for the early part of 2020, it seems likely the biggest papal bombshells will come in things the pope is expected to publish.
After more than a year of media headlines dominated by Catholic sexual abuse scandals, NBC News has conducted a new survey with insiders in the Catholic Church showing most believe the crisis has been handled well by their dioceses, and that abuse is no more common in the Church than in other organizations.