Commission to study diaconate of women

| August 5th, 2016

The Catholic Church is not noted for speedy action in matters that may require radical change so, when the General Assembly of the IUSG asked Pope Francis in May this year to look into the question of women deacons in the Catholic Church, they hardly expected he would act so quickly. The news that a Commission has been set up study the diaconate of women has been welcomed with great hope.

Among the six women appointed to the commission is Professor Phyllis Zagano, an American author and academic. She has written and spoken on the role of women in the Catholic Church and advocates the ordination of women as deacons.

The following news item is from ICN (Independent Catholic News)

 

Pope institutes commission to study diaconate of women

In the course of a dialogue during a meeting with the participants in the Plenary Assembly of Superiors General, which took place in May, Pope Francis expressed his intention to “establish an official commission that could study the question” of the diaconate of women, “especially with regard to the first ages of the Church.”

After intense prayer and mature reflection, Pope Francis has decided to institute the Commission for the Study of the Diaconate of Women. As president of the Commission, Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, SJ. In addition to Archbishop Ladaria, the commission is composed of six women and six men from academic institutions around the world.

The complete list of the members of the Commission for the Study of the Diaconate of Women:

President:

Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, SJ, Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Members:

Sr Nuria Calduch‑Benages, MHSFN, member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission;

Prof Francesca Cocchini, of the La Sapienza University, and of the Patristic Institute ‘Augustinianum’ Rome;

Mgr Piero Coda, President of the University Institute Sophia, Loppiano, and member of the International Theological Commission;

Fr Robert Dodaro, OSA, President of the Patristic Institute ‘Augustinianum’ Rome and professor of patrology;

Fr Santiago Madrigal Terrazas, SJ, professor of ecclesiology at the Pontifical University ‘Comillas’ Madrid;

Sr Mary Melone, S.F.A., Rector of the Pontifical University “Anonianum,” Rome;

Fr Karl‑Heinz Menke, professor emeritus of dogmatic theology at the University of Bonn and member of the International Theological Commission;

Fr Aimable Musoni, SDB, professor of ecclesiology at the Pontifical Salesian University, Rome;

Fr Bernard Pottier, SJ, professor at the ‘Institut d’Etudes Théologiques’ Brussels, and member of the International Theological Commission;

Prof Marianne Schlosser, professor of spiritual theology at the University of Vienana, and member of the International Theological Commission;

Prof Michelina Tenace, professor of fundamental theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome;

Prof Phyllis Zagano, professor at Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York.