Pope Francis will commission study on making women deacons

Pope Francis will commission study on making women deacons

Pope Francis on Tuesday appointed a special commission to examine the role of female deacons in the Church, in a potentially historic opening on the possibility of women joining the clergy.

The 13-member commission, made up of seven men and six women, will study the question of female deacons with a particular focus on the history of women having played this role in the early years of the Church, the Vatican said in a statement. …

Advocates of women serving as deacons…insist there is no theological obstacle to the move because of the precedent established by women performing the role in the early centuries of Christianity.

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