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Women Catholic Deacons 'No Longer Taboo'

Women Catholic Deacons 'No Longer Taboo'

Germany's top Roman Catholic has called for women to be allowed to become deacons, which would enable them to perform baptisms and marriages outside of mass - a novelty for Catholic women.

Archbishop of Freiburg Robert Zollitsch, who chairs the German Bishops' Conference, called for the change at the end of a four-day meeting to discuss possible reforms.

The conference, the first of its kind, invited 300 Roman Catholic experts to propose reforms. Zollitsch's comments echo year-long calls from the Central Committee of German Catholics to permit women to become deacons. On Sunday, Zollitsch said that aim was no longer a 'taboo.'

Zollitsch said the Catholic Church could only regain credibility and strength by committing to reform. He described an "atmosphere of openness and freedom" at the conference.

Deacons assist priests during church services and can perform baptisms and marriages outside of mass. Their primary role however is to serve the needy in their community and their duties are considered secular rather than pastoral.

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Council of Chalcedon (AD 451)

Canon 15

A woman shall not receive the laying on of hands as a deaconess under forty years of age, and then only after searching examination. And if, after she has had hands laid on her and has continued for a time to minister, she shall despise the grace of God and give herself in marriage, she shall be anathematized and the man united to her.

The RCC had a perm…More
Council of Chalcedon (AD 451)

Canon 15

A woman shall not receive the laying on of hands as a deaconess under forty years of age, and then only after searching examination. And if, after she has had hands laid on her and has continued for a time to minister, she shall despise the grace of God and give herself in marriage, she shall be anathematized and the man united to her.

The RCC had a permanent diaconate at the time of this ecumenical council... it eventually became only transitional(stepping stone to priest) and as such, the female diaconate was supressed, since they cannot be priests. After VII, the permanent diaconate was brought back. Therefore, if female deaconess were to be allowed, it would not be a problem. It would be inline with the ancient tradition of the Church.
Demetri
The SSPX hasn't gone anywhere, the church has..in the wrong direction.
Temperance
🤫 If the Pope oks this I am going over to the SSPX! 🤬
franciscaa
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G.Taylor
The German bishops sell pornography so why would we expect them to have any idea about anything?????
They are a gaggle of liars.
gottogosome
Abramo
The only Taboo for a German bishop is the Catholic faith.
lukedaniel
Hey, there's Homo priests and nuns..why not? Jack ass!
On Guard
For the LOVE OF GOD!!!!! when do women and their inadequate followers want to tell the TRUTH and follow the Roman Catholic Church or GET OUT OF IT!!!!! ( I am a woman!!!)

No ... women can not be priests.....
No.... women can not be deacons.....
Don't make fools of yourselves and insist on this because it is NOT in the TRUE ROMAN Catholic Church. If you do not agree, then for the Glory of God....…More
For the LOVE OF GOD!!!!! when do women and their inadequate followers want to tell the TRUTH and follow the Roman Catholic Church or GET OUT OF IT!!!!! ( I am a woman!!!)

No ... women can not be priests.....
No.... women can not be deacons.....
Don't make fools of yourselves and insist on this because it is NOT in the TRUE ROMAN Catholic Church. If you do not agree, then for the Glory of God....get out of it...join the Islams or something else... just get OUT of the True Religion. A M E N !!!!!!!
Fidelium
Nothing surprising here. @AlekZ...ditto!
AlekZ
What an a$$...