So- no women deaconesses. Nor should there be female EMHCs, readers or alter servers.
Good point. I’m glad to know you used SCRIPTURE to back up the “women-should-sit-down-and-shut-up” policy. :rolleyes: Your post reaks of extremism, a dead traditionalism incompatible with the 21st century.
Look at Scripture where St. Paul refers to women as fellow “ministers” of the Gospel. Tell me that there aren’t implications to be drawn from there. Besides that, we know as a matter of fact that women were allowed to speak in churches because in 1 Corinthians, when St. Paul lays the groundwork for orderly prophesying, he mentions women as among those who prophesy. The fact that he didn’t want them in a dominant position–presbyter, for instance–in no way excludes the possibility of them as serving as subordinate ministers of the Word, that is, as deaconnesses.
Besides that, allowing women to be deacons makes the participation of the faithful in the Divine Liturgy more complete and carries none of the alarming theological ramifications of female priests. It would certainly pacify a great number of women desiring to see other females taking a more active role in the Mass.
IMO, reform in this area is inevitable. I for one would simply like to see it sooner. I’m not for priestesses, don’t misunderstand. But as women have proved themselves over the centuries competent ministers and assistants of the Word, I see no reason why in this day and age they should be denied the right to be deaconnesses.