Beliefs Ordain women? Vatican synod gets an unexpected proposal By David Gibson | October 7, 2015 ShareTweet EmailPrint More More on Beliefs Subscribe to Beliefs Demonstrators calling for the Catholic Church to include women priests gather prior to the arrival of Pope Francis at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, for a prayer service and meeting with U.S. bishops, in Washington, on September 23, 2015. This is the first visit ever to the U.S by the pontiff. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Mike Theiler *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-POPE-PHILLY, originally transmitted on Sept. 26, 2015. Active RNS subscribers and members can view this content by logging-in here.(RNS) The idea is to ordain them as deacons, not priests. But if the idea floated among 270 leading churchmen flies, it would represent a historic breakthrough for the Catholic Church -- or, perhaps, a return to a New Testament tradition.