women deacons

Delegates to the Synod on Synodality meet in the final days of the synod, Oct. 25, 2023. / Credit: Vatican Media

Synod Organizer Says Vatican Doctrine Office is Studying Women Deacons

Jul 9, 2024

Cardinal Mario Grech said the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith is studying “the women’s diaconate” within the context of its in-depth study of ministries.

Pope Francis and delegates at the Synod on Synodality at the conclusion of the assembly on Oct. 28, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

What Does the Synod on Synodality Document Say about "controversial" Issues?

Oct 28, 2023

The Synod on Synodality, the monthlong assembly convened by Pope Francis at the Vatican, released its final document containing the discussion of several hot-button issues which it calls “controversial”: the idea of women deacons, optional priestly celibacy, and the accompaniment of people struggling with their gender or sexual identity.

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during his Angelus address on Oct. 15, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis on Women Deacons: "Holy orders is reserved for men"

Oct 25, 2023

Pope Francis reaffirmed the impossibility of women becoming priests, or even modern Church deacons, in an interview for a book released Tuesday in Italy.

A 2019 meeting in the Vatican's New Synod Hall. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Establishes New Commission to Study Women Deacons

Apr 9, 2020

The Vatican announced Wednesday that Pope Francis has created a new commission to study the question of a female diaconate in the Catholic Church, after some members of the 2019 Amazon synod requested the pope re-establish a 2016 commission on the subject.

A 2019 meeting in the Vatican's New Synod Hall. Credit: Vatican Media.

Amazon Synod Discussion Groups Support Married Priests, Female Deacons

Oct 18, 2019

At least four of the 12 language groups at the Amazon synod overtly propose the ordination of married men to the priesthood in summary reports published by the Vatican Friday, with the majority of the discussion groups expressing openness to the idea.