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New president of German bishops’ conference foresees women deacons

March 11, 2020

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CWN Editor's Note: Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg, recently elected as president of the German bishops’ conference, has indicated that the “synodal path” the German bishops are now taking could result in the ordination of women as deacons. Bishop Bätzing said that Pope Francis “did not take a position” on the question of women deacons in his summary of the Amazon Synod.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Mar. 12, 2020 6:11 AM ET USA

    Once again, an interesting choice of words: "'Women must be given equal rights,' the bishop said." Does any man have a "right" to the clerical state? No. If no one of the male sex has a "right" to the clerical state, then no one of either sex has such a "right." Those of the male sex who are _called_ to the clerical state may be awarded the _privilege to serve_ within this state, just as other males and females may _serve_ within the religious state. Clericalism has distorted the priestly ideal.