Deacons, Women and the Call to Serve: a special video event

The current Vatican commission exploring the possibility of women deacons has raised a number of questions about their role in the church. As ordained ministers who are neither priests nor lay people, the actual role of deacons in the parishes where they minister remains unclear to many Catholics. What are deacons, and how has their role changed over history?
 

Could women deacons revolutionize pastoral ministry and transform the church? How can the diaconate better meet the changing needs of the faithful today? Join us for a roundtable discussion sponsored by the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture and America Media featuring:

  • Nancy Dallavalle, theologian and vice president for mission and identity at Fairfield University
  • Deacon Greg Kandra, blogger at Aleteia’s “The Deacon’s Bench,” multimedia editor at Catholic Near East Welfare Association.
  • Rita Ferrone, contributing editor at Commonweal and blogger at “Pray Tell Blog”
  • George Demacopoulos, theologian and founding co-director of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham University
  • James Martin, S.J.,  moderator, author and editor-at-large for America Media
 
 
 

Series online schedule (all videos will be posted here, and remain available once they debut):

 
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Since 2004, the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture has explored questions arising at the intersection of religious traditions and contemporary culture. CRC draws on New York’s leading role in intellectual and literary life, the visual and performing arts, politics and media, and diplomacy and humanitarian activities to explore religious life in all its diverse manifestations. CRC sponsors public events and conversations on faith, religious institutions, and the challenges posed where religion and culture meet.
 
Luis Gutierrez
8 months 2 weeks ago
For the new evangelization in the post-patriarchal age, we need women deacons, women priests, and women bishops. For your consideration and prayers: Appeal to end ecclesiastical patriarchalism ~ English http://pelicanweb.org/CCC.TOB.120.html#english http://pelicanweb.org/CCC.TOB.120.html#images Para su consideración y oraciones: Apelación para ponerle fin al patriarcalismo eclesiástico ~ Español http://pelicanweb.org/CCC.TOB.120.html#spanish http://pelicanweb.org/CCC.TOB.120.html#images In Christ, Luis
William Rydberg
8 months ago
For the sake of fairness, contributors that support the Traditional View should also be present. To rail against being historically excluded from full participation in discussions and then conduct talks excluding the other point of view only serves to affirm a prolonged balkanized approach to the matters at hand... Only then in my opinion would there be the necessary condition for a 360 degree Examination. Right or wrong, looking at this important Issue from one perspective only fails to meet the minimum requirement of Catholic Justice in my opinion. The discussion around Holy Orders neglects the history of minor Orders, I.e. What about the Acolyte, Sub-Deacon, Exorcist, Lector, Porter? Not a word... Kindly make room in the discussion for more varied representation at your Sponsored Symposium. in Christ,
alan macdonald
8 months ago
"For the sake of fairness", is not on the American Jesuit agenda. Their two goals, female ordination and recognition of same sex marriage, are their current goals. Of course, they won't come right out and state it as that would be heresy, but in a sly, tangential way these points are made in every issue.

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