Down to earth

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | May 13, 2016

Theologians might raise questions about the Pope's decision to study the possibility of ordaining women as deacons. Since the Pontiff did not make his remarks on an airplane, it is not clear whether he intended to make an authoritative statement. 

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - May. 13, 2016 6:12 PM ET USA

    Phil - you need to "obseqio" a bit more on this one. You are swimming against the Tiber: "Autem in sui Episcopi sententiam de fide et moribus nomine Christi prolatam concurrere, eique religioso animi obsequio adhaerere debent. Hoc vero religiosum voluntatis et intellectus obsequium singulari ratione praestandum est Romani Pontificis authentico magisterio etiam cum non ex cathedra loquitur"

  • Posted by: loumiamo - May. 13, 2016 2:55 PM ET USA

    Kinda snarky there, Phil. I like it.