According to Wikipedia, the diocese was founded in 1111.
Considering the diocese reportedly has over 100,000 Catholics, I am puzzled as to why the diaconate wasn’t introduced a few decades ago.
In any event, this shows how little some of the pressure groups are concerned with the pastoral and social well being of the people. It is sad if these groups are granted “status” with the diocese, so that their “concerns” are given so much weight. I always take reports from the media with caution, but that website is credible. The scary thing is I wonder what other decisions by this bishop they now control.
Maybe some men who live near the borders of other dioceses could enroll in their diaconal training programs. They might have to join the neighboring diocese temporarily, in the hope that by the time they are ordained they could serve in this diocese.
This is the kind of situation the Metropolitan, and the papal nuncio, need to start discussing with the bishop. Bishops have rights within their dioceses, but eligible candidates also have rights, as do the poor, who are the primary focus of deacons.