- Nov 28, 2020
Activists supporting women’s ordination held a prayer vigil along the banks of the Tiber on Tuesday.
Judging from Friday’s reports, the Oct. 6-27 Synod on the Amazon, there’s overwhelming consensus on most points, such as Pope Francis’s call for an “integral ecology.” Yet even within that climate of basic harmony, there were also scattered notes of dissent on two hot-button questions: Married priests and women deacons.
Though it is only day two of this month’s Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, participants have nearly unanimously flagged a regional priest shortage and the need for a clear ministry for women as key issues up for discussion, yet while the questions seem to be clear, the answers are far from it.
Pope Francis told the heads of women’s religious orders from around the world they need to send sisters on assignments that truly serve the Church and those in need, and not agree to requests for “maids.”
Pope Francis vowed Friday to combat the sexual abuse of nuns and urged religious sisters to just say no when clergy want to use them as maids.
When Pope Francis established a commission to study the issue of women deacons in 2016, no one was sure what it would do. Which might have been the point.