Women deacons. It’s in the news again thanks to comments a German Bishop recently made about theÂ potential of a new “diaconal” role for women in the Church.Â Given this topic is one that’s generating conversation and Joel is currently in deacon formation, we felt called to weigh in on the issue over atÂ CatholicÂ Stand.
From the post: Â
Joel is currently in diaconate formation, in which Lisa is also required to participate.Â In our class, the wives already have active, diverse roles through which they significantly, positively impact the local Catholic culture. Potentially, they have the ability to minister to more people than their soon-to-be-ordained husbands. What would their right to be ordained to the diaconate do for the Church? Does the Church also need them to witness weddings, baptize, proclaim the Gospel, and preach?
…Â This is a dynamic group of women who already impact the faithful in substantive, life-changing ways. Does the Church really need them to be ordained, too? Not one of them thinks so.
Read the full pieceÂ here.