Overview of documents
on women deacons /
From at least the 3rd to the 9th centuries women were
sacramentally ordained as deacons in the Catholic Church!
This proves that
they are capable of receiving Holy Orders.
|General Introduction to Women
|1. The Sacramental Ordination of
original Greek from
dramatizations of the ancient ordination
the historical records of women deacons
|Texts of ordination rites from:
|2. The Tasks of Women
|3. Church Councils on Women
||Women Deacons in the
|4. History of Women
Women as Deacons
John Wijngaards The Tablet 15 Feb. 2003
* Women were
by John Wijngaards The Tablet 8 May
diaconate - a ministry for women in the Church, by Ida Raming,
Orientierung 62 (1998) pp. 8-11
* Women Deacons: Goodwill Gestures, The Catholic
Herald, August 19, 1990, page 5; by Moya Frenz St Leger
|* Report of an Ad Hoc
Committee of the Canon Law Society of America, 1995,
*Letters to the Editor of The
*A Call I Cannot Answer, The Tablet (29
June 1991), by Moya Frenz St Leger
*Debate in the Irish Times, 2001
| Related Documents
- Women Deacons - the Fears of Rome, by
- International Network Wives of
Deacons, by Nelleke Wijngaards-Serrarens
- German Catholic Women write to
- The diaconate - a
ministry for women in the Church, by Ida Raming, Orientierung
62 (1998) pp. 8-11.
- Should Roman Catholic
Women seek to be ordained Deacons? by John Collins, Ordination of
Catholic Women Newsletter vol. 3, no. 1 (April 1996) pp. 5-11.
- Contextualising Dorothea
Reiningers Women Deacons, by John Collins. This is an excellent
introduction to the complex issues surrounding the future diaconate of
- Letter to Catholic
Women, by John Collins, from Letters to Deacons, 1999.
- Review of Holy Saturday: An
Argument for the Restoration of the Female Diaconate in the Catholic
Church by Phyllis Zagano, Crossroads 2000.
- More articles to follow!
An analysis of this ordination rite
shows that the ordination of the woman deacon is the same as that for the male
deacon, and undoubtedly sacramental.
The Institute is known for issuing academic reports and statements on relevant issues in the Church. These have included scholars' declarations on the need of collegiality in the exercise of church authority, on the ethics of using contraceptives in marriage and the urgency of re-instating the sacramental diaconate of women.
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