Simply Spirit: As the church seeks creative ways to serve local communities, ministerial equality should be high on the agenda, right alongside access to the Eucharist.
Ordination of women
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.
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.
The coalition of international groups supporting women's ordination marked the 20th anniversary of the movement's founding with a three-day conference in Rome.
Commentary: Is the concept of female permanent deacons a viable idea?
Grace on the Margins: Francis' theological imagination makes it impossible for women to achieve equal decision-making power and sacramental authority in this church. And it's time we faced it.
NCR Today: I was pleasantly surprised -- stunned -- today to hear that Pope Francis has opened a door on women's roles in the church.
Catch up on recent coverage and analysis by National Catholic Reporter on women deacons and women's ordination.
The ordination of women deacons gained worldwide attention in October.