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Thursday, March 23, 2017
Vatican statement rejects plans to train women deacons
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┬áThe Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued the following letter on Monday: 1.Information has come to the attention of our offices from certain countries that courses are being planned and developed, directly or indirectly relating to the ordination of women to the diaconate. Such initiatives can produce expectations that are lacking any firm doctrinal foundation and, consequently, can generate pastoral confusion. 2. Since ecclesial regulations do not include the possibility of such ordination, it is not licit to take part in initiatives that intend, in some way to prepare female candidates for the diaconal order. 3. The authentic advancement of women in the Church, in accordance with the consistent teaching of the Church, with special reference to that of his Holiness John Paul II, offers alternative wide prospects for service and collaboration. 4. The undersigned congregations, within their own areas of competence, therefore leave it to the individual ordinaries, to explain this to their own faithful and to apply diligently the afore-mentioned directive. This notification was approved by the Holy Father on 14 September 2001. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina EstÚvez, Prefect for the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments Cardinal Dario Castrillˇn Hoyos, Prefect for the Congregation for the Priesthood source: Vatican
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