Are we ready for Women Deacons? You betcha!
The Old Boys Network….Average Age: 70, Single- Never Married- Never have had been a parent, a spouse, a significant other, a grandfather…given to wearing gowns, elaborate vestments, hats, large rings…
Have always depended upon the kindness of women – for support (financial, serving on Boards, filling the pews and the baskets.)
However,they don’t feel women have a place on the other side of the altar.
NEWS: An Archbishop from Canada stood up and called on the church “to clearly show the world the equal dignity of women and men in the Church” – and in particular “start looking seriously at the possibility of ordaining women deacons.” This is huge!
Pope Francis has repeatedly expressed the need for discussing an increased role for women in the Church. Archbishop Durocher is starting that discussion off with a bang!
We’re urging people of faith and people of good will to support Archbishop Durocher’s proposal. We can no longer sit back and lament the fact that one of the world’s largest institutions remains one of the last places where patriarchy and male domination is taken for granted. It’s time to take action.
We’ll be delivering the petition to bishops attending the Synod in the coming weeks.
Archbishop Durocher rightfully drew the connections between domestic violence, “male domination over women” and the role of women in the Catholic Church and expressed the need “to clearly show the world the equal dignity of women and men in the Church.”
He recommended the concrete proposals of having women assume decision-making roles in the Church and creating a process to ordain women deacons, an ordained ministry in the Church.
In the past, church leaders have ignored the demand for women’s leadership by saying no one was asking for it. If all of us raise our voices with Archbishop Durocher’s, we can get more leaders in the Catholic Church on board and create a groundswell of support.”
Is the Church Ready for Women Deacons?
Oct 7 2015 – 10:03am | Carol Glatz – Catholic News Service
Canadian Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher of Gatineau, Quebec, arrives for the opening Mass of the Synod of Bishops on the family celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican Oct. 4. (CNS/Paul Haring)
Canadian Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher of Gatineau, Quebec, said the synod should reflect on the possibility of allowing for female deacons as it seeks ways to open up more opportunities for women in church life.
Where possible, qualified women should be given higher positions and decision-making authority within church structures and new opportunities in ministry, he told Catholic News Service Oct. 6.
Join Archbishop Durocher & urge Catholic bishops to consider greater roles for women in the church
After his historic request to look seriously at giving women more authority in the church, including ordaining women deacons, sign the petition calling on leaders in the Catholic Church to discuss women’s leadership at the Synod on the Family.