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WOC Responds to Pope’s Comments on Women Deacons Commission

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 9 maggio 2019

WOC’s response to Pope Francis’ remarks May 7 indicating that the Vatican study commission on the history of women deacons in the Catholic Church has been unable to reach consensus:
For centuries, women have served in the tradition of Phoebe (Rm 16:1) and our parishes and communities are blessed by their gifts. Women are called to be deacons — by God and their communities — and model diaconal service for the Church. Recognizing the ministerial gifts and vocations of women is not optional. In his recent exhortation, Christus Vivit, Pope Francis wrote: “A Church that is overly fearful and tied to its structures can be invariably critical of efforts to defend the rights of women, and constantly point out the risks and the potential errors of those demands. A living Church can react by being attentive to the legitimate claims of those women who seek greater justice and equality” (42). We call on Pope Francis to act as the leader of a living Church, not an overly fearful one. The claims of women who seek justice and equality in ministry are legitimate, and must be attended to in a spirit of courage. We must not allow our attempts to study the past prevent us from moving where the Spirit calls us today: to be a Church with doors open to the fullness of women’s gifts and vocations.

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WOC responds to Pope’s commission to study women deacons

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 14 maggio 2016

vaticanoThe Women’s Ordination Conference (WOC) applauds the women religious of the International Union Superior Generals (UISG) for brazenly dialoguing with Pope Francis on leadership and ministerial roles for women in the Church, including the opening of the diaconate to women. In response to the sisters’ questions, Pope Francis agreed to launch a Vatican Commission to study the diaconate to include women, stating: “It would be good to clarify this.”
Opening a commission to study the diaconate for women would be a great step for the Vatican in recognizing its own history. Decades of research on this topic has already been published by renowned feminist voices. WOC recommends that the Vatican’s commission include the following scholars: Gary Macy, Dorothy Irving, Ida Raming, Sr. Christine Schenk, John Wijngaards, and Phyllis Zagano.
Biblical evidence names several women deacons, working alongside men in the early Church including: Phoebe, St. Olympias, Dionysia, St. Radegund and St. Macrina. Such a commission, similar to the Pontifical Biblical Commission of 1976 that concluded there is no scriptural barrier to women’s priestly ordination, could begin to restore the Gospel values of equality and justice.
Pope Francis also stated that a woman cannot be in Persona Christi, and therefore cannot preach or preside over the Eucharist. WOC rejects this flawed interpretation that a male body is a necessary condition of representing the Body of Christ. Upholding this discrimination, as though it were the will of God, is simply indefensible.
While WOC celebrates this step from the Vatican, until women are included in all decision-making structures and as priests and Bishops of the Church, equality remains painfully denied.
May 22nd marks the 22nd anniversary of the Vatican’s Ordinatio Sacerdotalis, banning all discussion on the ordination of women. WOC advocates that a new commission on the diaconate include discussions on priestly ordination for women in the Roman Catholic Church.

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