Pope wants wider discussion on women deacons, commission member Zagano says

Article from the National Catholic Reporter by Joshua McElwee, reporting on the recent comments from CWS member Phyllis Zagano 14th May 2019 VATICAN CITY — In speaking publicly about the disagreement among the members of the Vatican's commission on the history of women deacons in the Catholic Church, Pope Francis is seeking to broaden the


Theology rooted in patriarchy delays restoration of female diaconate

Article from CWS member Christine Schenk, originally published on the National Catholic Reporter 14th May 2019 Overall I was more encouraged than discouraged by Pope Francis's May 10 discussion about women deacons at the triennial meeting of the Union of International Superiors General. I was pleasantly surprised that the pope was considering a "sacramental decree" about the issue.


Women Deacons, Rachel Held Evans, and the Pushback of Patriarchy

Blog post from CWS member Rebecca Bratten Weiss, originally published on 10th May 2019 Pope Francis’ announcement, a few days ago, that the results of the commission to study the history of the female diaconate were “inconclusive,” was disappointing to many, myself included, yet I was not surprised. For one thing, I’m not sure he’s


Betrothed to God at a Price

Blog post by CWS member Lillian Vogl, originally published on 26th April 2019 This Triduum that just passed, I was abundantly blessed to be able to hear the words of the sacred liturgies with newly attuned ears—ears become familiar, for the first time, with an anthem that the disciples would have known by


Good Friday: I am angry

Blog post by CWS member Marie Kopp, originally published on 30th March 2018 It’s been an odd Lent, and a strange Holy Week. I’ve skipped Mass the past two Sundays. I didn’t have a good reason, or even a mediocre reason. I’m not sure I had a reason at all. I’m angry at


Church’s foremothers proclaim Jesus from beyond the grave

Article from CWS member Christine Schenk, originally published on the National Catholic Reporter - 16th April 2019 I just returned from a terrific 10-day pilgrimage to Rome and Naples, viewing funerary frescos and sarcophagus friezes of faith-filled fourth-century Christian women. Some pretty amazing, 21st century women and men joined me in cherishing these


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