While Phyllis Zagano thoughtfully draws out the theological implications of her research, her main point is historical: There is simply no precedent on which to base the exclusion of women from the diaconate in the Catholic Church.
Even the holiest people are complicit in social sin; we benefit from injustices that we do not control. Yet we still have the freedom to seek God’s grace.
Democratic socialism, this year’s political buzz phrase, follows the Catholic social teaching principle of people over profit. Its penchant for big solutions at the national level may not fit C.S.T. as neatly.