Fr. Z must be out using his gift cards today and missed this one:
Evanston mom could be among the first in centuries to be ordained a deacon in Catholic Church...I'm against it.
"It's a message of hope. It's a way to stay within the boundaries of Catholic teachings and have women with real preaching authority within the system," said Phyllis Zagano, one of the American church's leading researchers on the subject of female deacons. "I think the bishops need to address this issue directly."
A handful of scholars, including Zagano, argues that the diaconate of the early church included both men and women. - Full story here.
I may be mistaken, but I think the permanent diaconate has bigger issues to deal with. For instance, the very, very traditional have 'reservations' regarding its post-Vatican II revival, not to mention the canonical argument over celibacy/continence requirements. So the concept of women in albs may be a tad 'unattractive' to say the least.
I don't mind the revival of the permanent diaconate: Men as permanent deacons - married or not - but they still seem to me to be like half a priest. They can't hear confessions or give absolution - no matter how many academic degrees they have. Only a priest can celebrate Mass, only a priest can hear confessions and impart absolution, and when I'm dying, I want a priest.
Women? What to do with them?
Yeah, so... What to do about women? I think that is a huge question for the 21st century... Unless Islam wins, how do you get Jeannie back into the bottle?
* Zagano Watch! Is a fun reference to the woman - quoted in the article I link to - who (apparently) had once investigated, or, 'looked for dirt' on Fr. Z. Her efforts elicited a very good job description on what he does, from Fr. Z himself. That post here. It's all good.
Some day I hope someone will publish a Terry Nelson Watch! With all the dirt they can find on me. Shouldn't be hard. Do it on your own blog though. ;)