After her solemn profession or perpetual donation,
the nun can, if she wishes, receive the Consecration of Virgins.
This is a special rite where the Bishop gives the nun not only the veil and ring,
external signs of an indissoluble union with the divine Spouse,
but also the stole. This confers on the recipient certain liturgical privileges the most
significant of them being the proclaiming of the Gospel on certain occasions.
Fr. Z is showing his clericalist-slip again.
He really cuts down women. Z writes about the big news yesterday that the Pope has "considered establishing a commission to study the issue of the ordination of woman as deaconesses…. (aka deaconettes -it’s easier to pronounce)."
It's easier to pronounce alright.
And then his clericalist-slip gets to the point ....
Talk about a slip ...
Some feminine observations about deaconesses (aka deaconettes).
Although… that brings up an interest thought. WERE the ordination of women to be approved, even though they didn’t have any sacramental ministry or liturgical role in the ancient Church, I bet we would suddenly see a huge increase in Pontifical Masses in the older, traditional rite! I foresee massive expeditures – not for the poor, but for glorious vestments in gold and silk, the sort that haven’t been produced for over a century. It would suddenly be discovered that splendid lace albs are actually notevil after all. I can see now the consultants pouring in from the AME and the Anglicans to offer their help. And pause to consider the fantastic new head gear possibilities! - ZFor more information on the history of deaconesses in the Eastern Church, as well as in Carthusian Monasticism, please visit and read here.
For a better understanding of what the Holy Father said and all that entails, check out Jimmy Akin's article at NCRegister here.
Obviously Fr. Z is being facetious - but he's also feeding his anti-papist trolls, as well as creating controversy with those darn liberals who persecuted him in the seminary - especially those religious women in secular dress who may have had something to do with vocations or formation in the archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis. That is understandable I suppose - but 25 years is a long time to carry a grudge.
Ostensibly Fr. Z attempts to put his readers fears to rest with his posts - but he's also stirring the pot. Not a few Z-ites and those ultra-traditional types who follow him are not exactly crazy about the role of permanent deacon either - married men in Holy Orders - these developments kinda sets their teeth on edge.
Nothing has even happened yet.
Pope Francis "was asked if he would establish 'an official commission' to study the question of women deacons.
He replied: 'I accept. It would be useful for the Church to clarify this question. I agree.'" - source
The Holy Father simply agreed with the question and made it clear he a commission to study the possibility would be useful - and people freak out - while on other sites they throw more stones at the Holy Father.
Don't forget: Fr. Z needs your Donations, PayPal alternatives, and for the umpteenth time, (he) his blog needs serious work.
(He) foresees massive expeditures – not for the poor,
but for glorious vestments in gold and silk,
the sort that haven’t been produced for over a century.