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German Church leaders deny disagreement over women deacons

May 10, 2013

A spokesman for the German Catholic bishops has said that there are no disputes within the country’s hierarchy on proposals for allowing women to be deacons.

Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, the president of the German episcopal conference, raised some eyebrows when he suggested opening the diaconate to women. But Robert Eberle, the bishops’ spokesman, said that the archbishop’s proposal was for a ministry “without ordination.” Moreover, he said, Archbishop Zollitsch was speaking for himself, not for the German bishops as a group.

However, the spokesman said, the German bishops agree that women should be given more important roles in the Church. “So there’s no division over reform issues like this,” he said.


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  • Posted by: Baseballbuddy - May. 10, 2013 10:10 PM ET USA

    The German, um, bishops waited until the German Shepherd retired to express this desire to bring women into the deaconate.

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - May. 10, 2013 10:55 AM ET USA

    German bishops ought to be more concerned about why they are not attracting enough men to the priesthood. I was flabbergasted to see institutions by the dozens secularized because there was no staff to run them. Churches shared pastors over large areas. What a terrible shame!