The National Catholic Review

Catholic Women Deacons?

May 19 2016 - 4:55pm | The Editors

Dr. Phyllis Zagano, the author or editor of 20 books in religious studies, including ground-breaking work on the history and theology of women ordained as deacons, talks with Matt Malone, S.J., and Tim Reidy about the pope's recent comments about commissioning a study on the role of women deacons in the church. 

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C CRINO MS | 5/21/2016 - 9:04am
I deeply respect Dr Zagano's work, so this isn't a critique of her. Why do these discussions always revolve around office? All the examples given could be changed in an instant, including tribunal judges and diplomats. What doesn't get discussed is the pastoral need. Is there a pastoral need that women who are deacons can fill? I've been in parish ministry for 35 years. So I hope I've met pastoral needs myself. But, I honestly think some have gone unmet because I am not ordained and no one else could or would meet them.