[quote="KnightIHSV, post:1, topic:335179"]
I have been asked by a Catholic lady: is a woman able to be ordained as a Deacon in the Catholic Church? I have done some minor research and I cannot find an answer. I know that the Anglicans have female Deacons. Can someone provide me with a definitive answer and, if women cannot be ordained as Deacons, inform me precisely why so I can respond in an informed and courteous manner.
Thanks as always for your expertise.
No, females are not allowed to be ordained deacons in the Catholic Church. Partly for the reasons that a priest can only be male. I'd do some research on it myself, but it's midnight and I have to run to bed. :shrug:
EDIT: I decided not be a whippersnapping egghead and looked for some research:
From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
1577 “Only a baptized man (vir) validly receives sacred ordination.”66 The Lord Jesus chose men (ver) to form the college of the twelve apostles, and the apostles did the same when they chose collaborators to succeed them in their ministry.67 The college of bishops, with whom the priests are united in the priesthood, makes the college of the twelve an ever-present and ever-active reality until Christ’s return. The Church recognizes herself to be bound by this choice made by the Lord himself. For this reason the ordination of women is not possible.68 (551, 861, 862)
1570 Deacons share in Christ’s mission and grace in a special way.55 The sacrament of Holy Orders marks them with an imprint (“character”) which cannot be removed and which configures them to Christ, who made himself the “deacon” or servant of all.56 Among other tasks, it is the task of deacons to assist the bishop and priests in the celebration of the divine mysteries, above all the Eucharist, in the distribution of Holy Communion, in assisting at and blessing marriages, in the proclamation of the Gospel and preaching, in presiding over funerals, and in dedicating themselves to the various ministries of charity.57 (1121)
1571 Since the Second Vatican Council the Latin Church has restored the diaconate “as a proper and permanent rank of the hierarchy,”58 while the Churches of the East had always maintained it. This permanent diaconate, which can be conferred on married men, constitutes an important enrichment for the Church’s mission. Indeed it is appropriate and useful that men who carry out a truly diaconal ministry in the Church, whether in its liturgical and pastoral life or whether in its social and charitable works, should “be strengthened by the imposition of hands which has come down from the apostles. They would be more closely bound to the altar and their ministry would be made more fruitful through the sacramental grace of the diaconate.”59 (1579)
God bless and good night. :thumbsup: