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Incoming Dublin archbishop open to female deacons, blessings for same-sex couples

January 11, 2021

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CWN Editor's Note: The newly appointed Archbishop of Dublin has expressed support for the ordination of women as deacons, and suggested that Church tradition is the main impediment to a female priesthood. “That’s the hurdle that has to be overcome,” he said. The archbishop-elect also said that “I don’t have a difficulty” with a priest who blesses rings for a homosexual couple, as long as the blessing is conferred privately, rather than in a church ceremony that might appear equivalent to a wedding.

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  • Posted by: Retired01 - Jan. 13, 2021 2:57 PM ET USA

    Was this archbishop appointed by the pope precisely because he holds those views?

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Jan. 12, 2021 6:45 PM ET USA

    Oh, come on. Is this guy an idiot, or just subversive? 1) you ordain women deacons you leave a massive camel nose in the tent for female priests. Ask the Anglicans. (Would we then lose all the Anglicans who became Catholics to get away from their nonsense?) 2) How do you keep such actions as blessing rings for Q-couples private? Do it once and you'll have a line two blocks long outside the pastoral office.