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.
WOMEN DEACONS?: ESSAYS WITH ANSWERS
Edited by Phyllis Zagano
Published by Liturgical Press, 270 pages, $24.95
Simply Spirit: If the diaconate and priesthood are not irrevocably linked, there is strong precedent for ordaining women deacons.
Some members are clearly supportive of the possibility of women serving as deacons, while others says there is no firm historical precedent to follow.
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.
San Juan, Puerto Rico -- During coffee breaks and in between sessions at the annual Catholic Theological Society of America conference, sales are brisk at the dozen publishing houses in the conference exhibit area.
NCR collected reactions to Pope Francis' announcement May 12 to create a commission to examine the history of female deacons in the Catholic church.
NCR Today: I was pleasantly surprised -- stunned -- today to hear that Pope Francis has opened a door on women's roles in the church.
The ordination of women deacons gained worldwide attention in October.
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