Women Deacons In Catholic Church? Pope Francis Is Looking Into It

Women Deacons In Catholic Church? Pope Francis Is Looking Into It
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Since time immemorial, the Catholic Church clergy has been exclusively limited to men. Although some Biblical accounts would show that women deacons existed in the past, whether they were ordained remained a mystery. But that might change in the coming years as Pope Francis has recently announced plans to study the possibility of ordaining women deacons in the Catholic Church.


The 266th pope of the Catholic Church has been known for his unpopular but well-grounded mandates since his rise to power in 2013. Earlier, the pontiff decreed not to deprive children of unwed mothers the sacrament of baptism after he himself baptized a baby of an unwed couple in the Sistine Chapel, a move that deviates from the traditional stance of the Church, as shown in the January 2014 report froCatholic Online.

The gesture of openness of the Pope to the possibility of having female ordained deacons is a major shift from the male-exclusive clergy as the Catholic Church, the National Catholic Reporter reported. But at the same report, the Pope does not necessarily promote high hopes to the possibility.

It appeared that the pontiff, to clarify the roles of women deacons in the history of the Church, wants to have a commission to investigate the circumstances surrounding thewomen in Catholic Church. It’s not a new fact that the presence of women deacons has been mentioned in the Bible, particularly in apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans where he mentioned a deacon named Phoebe.

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“What was the role of the deaconess in that time? Constituting an official commission that might study the question? I believe yes. It would do good for the church to clarify this point. I am in agreement. I will speak to do something like this,” Pope Francis was quoted as saying by the National Catholic Reporter.

The Pope later said, “I accept. It seems useful to me to have a commission that would clarify this well”.

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