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January 25, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Phyllis Zagano (New York) and Fr. Bernard Pottier (Brussels), both members of the Pope's Commission on the Female Diaconate, have recently made statements in favor of female deacons in the Catholic Church.
Additionally, Zagano now claims that female deacons served in the history in ministerial and sacramental roles. “There was ordination,” she claims, adding that the “ordination ceremonies for women deacons were identical to the ordination ceremonies for men.”
Professor - Manfred - Hauke - Expert - Field
Professor Manfred Hauke, a theologian expert in this field, contradicts Zagano in a statement written for LifeSiteNews. He says that historical records show that the "ancient Church was unacquainted with a female diaconate equivalent to the male diaconate."
"The history of the institution of deaconesses offers no solid basis, therefore, for the introduction of a sacramental female diaconate," he said.
January - Jesuit - Magazine - America - Interview
On January 15, the Jesuit magazine America published an interview with both Phyllis Zagano and Fr. Pottier. Both are members of the Study Commission on the Women's Diaconate that had been convoked, in 2016, by Pope Francis. They also participated on January 15 at a panel discussion at the Jesuit-run Fordham University on the topic of “The Future of Women Deacons, with Father Thomas Rosica as its moderator. Both experts are in favor of establishing female deacons in the Catholic Church. “I hope that the church will not be denied what it needs,” Zagano says.
In the America interview, Zagano claims that in her research for this papal commission, she found that female deacons had a variety of ministerial and sacramental roles in the Church: “They anointed ill women; they brought communion to ill women,” participated in baptisms, served as treasurers and, in one particular case, in an annulment. The female deacon, in that particular case, gave testimony to the bishop of some bruises the wife had received from her...
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