NCR Today: The new Vatican commission studying the possibility of allowing women to serve as deacons in the church will be meeting in Rome Nov. 25-26.
Updated: Archbishop Paul-André Durocher will be recognized for efforts in advancing the discussion of female deacons and promoting female leadership within the Catholic church.
Grace on the Margins: There is a demonization, sometimes subtle, sometimes not, of women who want the same power afforded to men in the institutional church.
Faith and Justice: Deacons do good work for the church, but the truth is that a layperson can do everything that a deacon can do.
Simply Spirit: If the diaconate and priesthood are not irrevocably linked, there is strong precedent for ordaining women deacons.
Just Catholic: Pope Francis named just one woman from the Western Hemisphere to his commission on women deacons -- me.
Some members are clearly supportive of the possibility of women serving as deacons, while others says there is no firm historical precedent to follow.
As a certified political junkie I have been caught up in all things political for the past several weeks. However, I did want to go back to a story that surfaced somewhat briefly on July 22. Pope Francis issued a new set of rules for contemplative women to follow.
Editorial: Pope Francis' appointment Aug. 2 of the Study Commission on the Women's Diaconate stood adage about the church thinking in centuries on its head.
NCR Today: NCR columnist Phyllis Zagano, named to a commission to study female deacons, has devoted much of her career to studying the history of the diaconate.