Independent Catholic News logo Welcome Visitor
Friday, October 21, 2016
Theological commission excludes ordination of women deacons
Comment Email Print
 The International Theological Commission has issued the following response today a media article on women being ordained as deacons: 'The general secretary of the International Theological Commission, Fr Georges Cottier, OP, has responded to certain questions about the Commission's study of the diaconate raised in the October 8 issue of 'La Croix'. Fr Cottier stated that the Commission's study has not concluded that the possibility that women could be ordained to the diaconate remains open, as asserted by La Croix, but rather tends to support the exclusion of this possibility.' 'The Commission of theologians ... presented two important indications which emerge from study of the matter. In the first place, the Commission observed that the deaconesses mentioned in the tradition of the early Church cannot simply be assimilated to ordained deacons. In support of this conclusion, Fr Cottier noted that both the rite of institution and the functions exercised by deaconesses distinguished them from ordained deacons. 'Furthermore, Fr. Cottier noted that the Commission's study reaffirmed the unity of the sacrament of Holy Orders. The distinction between the ministry of bishops and priests, on the one hand, and that of deacons, on the other hand, is nonetheless embraced within the unity of the sacrament of Holy Orders. 'Fr Cottier stated that 'it belongs to the Magisterium to pronounce with authority on the question, taking into account the historical and theological research presented by the study of the International Theological Commission'. 'The International Theological Commission devoted over five years of research to the topic of the history and theology of the diaconate before approving the text of its study at its recently concluded meeting. The study was produced at the request of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.' source: Vatican Information Service
Share:  Bookmark and Share
Tags: None

Powered by Bondware
News Publishing Software

The browser you are using is outdated!

You may not be getting all you can out of your browsing experience
and may be open to security risks!

Consider upgrading to the latest version of your browser or choose on below: