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German bishops’ leader ‘irritated’ by Pope’s stand on women’s diaconate

May 28, 2024

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CWN Editor's Note: Bishop Georg Bätzing, the president of the German bishops’ conference, has said that he is “somewhat irritated” with a recent statement by Pope Francis that women cannot be ordained as deacons.

“I never have heard him talk like this before,” said Bishop Bätzing, “and I have often spoken to him personally about these questions.”

The German bishop pointed out that Pope Francis has formed a special group to study the question of a women’s diaconate, indicating that the question remains open.

In an interview with the CBS show “60 Minutes,” when asked whether a young woman could hope to become a deacon, the Pope answered flatly: “No.”

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