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Pope creates another commission to study female diaconate

April 08, 2020

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CWN Editor's Note: Pope Francis has formed a new commission to study the female diaconate. The 12-member commission will be chaired by Cardinal Giuseppe Petrocchi of L’Aquila, Italy, with Father Denis Dupont-Fauville, an official of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), serving as secretary.
This is the second time Pope Francis has formed such a commission. In November 2016 a panel chaired by then-Archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer (who is now prefect of the CDF) met for the first time. By May 2019, the Pope reported that this commission had been unable to reach any consensus.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Apr. 08, 2020 9:48 PM ET USA

    "By May 2019, the Pope reported that this commission had been unable to reach any consensus." It seems the only way to arrive at a consensus might be to stack the commission one way or the other. It also seems that the failure of a 2.5-year effort by the first commission would suggest irreconcilable differences between the Catholic Church and "Newchurch." It might prove difficult to put an "Amazonian" face on the whole Church.