More From Francis on Women Deacons: ‘We Have to See What Was There at the Beginning of Revelation’

The Deacon's Bench | 5/11/2019 | Staff
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The Holy Father had an audience at the Vatican with members of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG), and elaborated on his earlier comments about ordaining women as deacons:

The pontiff repeated his earlier remarks that the 12 members of the commission had been unable to come to agreement about the role of women deacons in the early centuries of Christianity.

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“They came to a certain point,” said the pope. “Everyone agreed. Then, each had his or her own idea.”

Referring to the leader of the UISG, Maltese Sr. Carmen Sammut, Francis then added: “So I delivered to the president today, officially, the result of the little that they were all able to agree on.”

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Francis had first spoken about the deacons commission in response to a question from NCR during an in-flight press conference May 7. The pope had said that while the commission had stopped working as a group, they would continue their studies in the area individually.

In his May 10 audience with 850 UISG members, in Rome for the group’s triennial assembly, the pontiff gave a bit more detail. Some on the commission, he said, thought the church “must go forward” and reinstitute an order of women deacons. Others, he said, “say we must stop here.”

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“We must study this,” said Francis. “I cannot make a sacramental decree without a theological, historical foundation.”

Reiterating that the commission members are now expected to continue their studies individually, the pope added: “We will go ahead. After some...
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