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Irish Church prepares for first married deacons

CWN - May 23, 2012

The Catholic Church in Ireland will see the first married deacons ordained in June.

While the Church elsewhere in the Western world began reviving the permanent diaconate in the years after Vatican II, the Irish bishops chose not to ordain married men. That policy eventually changed, in large part because of the shortage of available priests, and married deacons will soon join the ranks of the Irish clergy.

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