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Reply from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The response was to a letter by the organizations of German Catholic women, translation by John Wijngaards.

Reply from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

The response was to a letter by the organizations of German Catholic women.
translation by John Wijngaards.

Sacred Congregation for Doctrine

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Palazzo del S. Uffizio
00120 Città del Vaticano

Ref. No 26/88-14983

7 May 2002

Professor Steichele
Magdalena Bogner

In a joint letter of 7 March 2002 you have in the name of the Katholischer Deutscher Frauenbund and the Katholische Frauengemeinschaft Deutschlands written to this Congregation and submitted various considerations in favour of admitting women to the diaconate.

This Congregation has taken careful note of what you had to say, but has come to the conclusion that the argumentation is especially based on social and socio-political points of view and that, unfortunately, convincing theological grounds cannot be found.

While assuring you that we will treat the important question of the diaconate of women with the concern it deserves,

I remain with friendly greetings,


+ Tarcisio Bertone
Secretary of the Congregation for Doctrine of the Faith

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