Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith

Champions of female deacon movement celebrate Pope Francis’ surprise move

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Schenk head shot2Sister Christine Schenk is a founder of FutureChurch, which seeks the ordination of women as deacons and priests, and the acceptance of men who left the priesthood to marry. She writes the column “Simply Spirit” for the National Catholic Reporter. For 25 years, she has worked to resurrect the early Church practice of ordaining women as deacons. Read one of her columns here:

Phyllis ZaganoHofstra University Professor Phyllis Zagano is the acknowledged mother of the female diaconate movement Among her many works is the newly published Women Deacons? Essays with Answers. Since there is  no disputing that women served as deacons for 1,000 years, the issue, she says, is whether the Church “can withstand the sight of a woman in a dalmatic” (a deacon’s vestment) serving at Mass.

Dr. Zagano offers the following links.



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