Francis agrees to Study Possibility of Women Deacons
With people like “Fr.” James Martin, “Mgr.” Battista Ricca, and “Cardinal” Donald Wuerl, and with “Pope” Francis’ never-ending drivel about “tenderness” and “caressing”, one might wonder what need there is for female clergy in the Novus Ordo Church. Yet, this doesn’t stop Chaos Frank from opening up to the next anti-Catholic cause: female deacons.
As several news services are reporting this morning, at a meeting with his LCWR New-Age “nuns”, Francis has agreed to set up a commission to study the possibility of ordaining women as deacons. Perhaps he forgot that the so-called International Theological Commission in his own sect already did this back in 2002, or maybe he just wants to add some “fresh insights” that will open the door to female clergy in some ambiguous footnote he can later claim he doesn’t remember.
Here is some of the initial coverage of this latest Vatican development:
- Francis to create commission to study female deacons in Catholic church (National Catholic Reporter)
- Pope tells women religious Vatican will study women deacons (Catholic News Service)
- Pope agrees to set up commission to study women deacons (Crux)
- Pope Francis: Let’s study idea of ordaining women as deacons (Religion News Service)
- Official Transcript: Francis’ Remarks to Women Religious (Vatican)
As a quick reality check for how things are looking in the Catholic Church by contrast, we recall that Pope Benedict XIV had something to say about the issue of women even so much as serving at the altar:
Pope Gelasius in his ninth letter (chap. 26) to the bishops of Lucania condemned the evil practice which had been introduced of women serving the priest at the celebration of Mass. Since this abuse had spread to the Greeks, Innocent IV strictly forbade it in his letter to the bishop of Tusculum: “Women should not dare to serve at the altar; they should be altogether refused this ministry.” We too have forbidden this practice in the same words in Our oft-repeated constitution Etsi Pastoralis, sect. 6, no. 21.
(Pope Benedict XIV, Encyclical Allatae Sunt, n. 29)
Clearly, the “Great Renewal” of Vatican II enlightenment hadn’t hit yet. Blessed were the days!
As we have seen in the last 3 years, with Francis, anything is possible, so those who are tempted now to rashly declare that “this will never happen”, had better think again. Too much of what many thought “could never happen” hasalready happened. The laundry list of Francis’ scandals, heresies, errors, and related chaos is getting longer and longer, but we’re trying to keep up:
No word yet on what impact Francis’ decision about studying the issue of women deacons may have for transgenders or transsexuals in the New Church. Maybe “Cardinal” Raymond Burke would care to comment.