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The priests believe that introducing male deacons at this time would add "another male clerical layer to ministry" which was "insensitive, disrespectful of women and counter-productive at this present critical time."
Simply Spirit: Four years on, what can be said of Francis' papacy as it relates to women in the church? If you explore more deeply, there is much to praise.
NCR Today: It would be easy to write up 95-plus reasons why it's discriminatory and downright silly and embarrassing to deny women an equal place.
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