Very much agreed that this title was not associated with Holy Orders as such regarding the diaconate, priesthood and episcopate, this was some station entirely different. I am pretty sure one of the early councils did mention the ordaining of deaconess and the restrictions thereof. Now this position had certain duties such as preparation of women for baptism and assisting in the baptism of women along with some other duties. I will look it up when I get home for the reference.
Ordinatio Sacerdotalis teaches that the Church does not have the authority to ordain women to the priesthood. But nothing is said about the deaconate. Currently, women cannot be ordained to the deaconate. But the question is whether the Church has the authority, if She so chooses, to ordain women deacons.
My opinion is that the Church has the authority to ordain women deacons, because it is a substantially different type of role than priest. A priest stands in persona Christi, and deacon does not. Also a deacon does not dispense any Sacrament that a layperson cannot also dispense in extraordinary circumstances.
So my answer is that, Yes, the Church has the authority, however this is in the realm of theological opinion. The Church has not yet decided the question.
IMHO a woman should not be a deacon. I’m sure feminazis would disagree, but leadership roles that require a vestment should only be occupied by men. Deacons are allowed to read the Gospel, hence, only a man should be in that position. My wife agrees with this opinion as well BTW.
Please dont label me a woman basher as I am married to a wonderful women who has blessed me with two children. I have the utmost respect for women, but women and men have different roles to play in life.
Wait a second here!! Did someone hack into Ron Conte’s account? I have been lurking around here for a while and his posts and website seem quite the contrary to what his OP asked! :shrug:
from his own “catholic planet” website:
"Women should not be political leaders. In politics, a woman should not be President or Vice President or Senator or Representative or Governor or a State legislator. A woman should not have any elected or appointed political position with authority over men, because it is contrary to the teaching of Scripture. A woman should not be Judge in any court of law, because courts have authority over men.
In general, women should not be law enforcement officers, though some exceptions to this rule can be made when a female is specifically needed for certain tasks (e.g. undercover law enforcement work or work involving women prisoners or involving children). Women should not be soldiers. Women should never be military officers with authority over male soldiers; this is an abomination in God’s eyes."
Wow! I really think someone hacked his CA account!!
Wikipedia has a summary of this matter (see here). The final paragraph is:
In 2003, Father Ronald G. Roberson gave a presentation on the diaconate in the Latin Church to annual meeting of the U.S. Oriental Orthodox-Roman Catholic Consultation. He summarized the state of deaconess issue as follows: “The possibility of ordaining women to the diaconate is still an unsettled question in the Catholic Church. Latin rituals for ordaining deaconesses exist from as late as the 10th century, but the precise sacramental nature of these ordinations has not yet been determined authoritatively. There are recent indications that the Holy See intends to continue the exclusion of women from this office.”
The Wiki article has multiple references. Check out the one for this sentence:
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith wrote in 1977 that the possibility of ordaining women as deacons was “a question that must be taken up fully by direct study of the texts, without preconceived ideas.”
In some writers of the Middle Ages however, there was a certain hesitancy, reported by Saint Bonaventure without adopting it himself and noted also by Joannes Teutonicus in his gloss on Caus. 27, q.1, c.23. This hesitancy stemmed from the knowledge that in the past there had been deaconesses: had they received true sacramental ordination? This problem has been brought up again very recently. It was by no means unknown to the 17th and 18th century theologians who had an excellent knowledge of the history of literature. In any case, it is a question that must be taken up fully by direct study of the texts, without preconceived ideas; hence the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has judged that it should be kept for the future and not touched upon in the present document.
Well of course! But the point is, changing the ecclesial discipline regarding ordination to the diaconate is fundamentally different (and theologically and canonically simpler) than changing the current practice and legislation regarding the presbyterate.