(RNS) — Francis appears to have feared splitting the church over the question of celibacy.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The church appeared to open the door to making official some ministries that women in remote parts of Latin America already perform, including celebrating baptisms.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) “It’s not just a question of feminism, it’s a question of our being baptized, that gives us the duty and the right to be part of the decision-making processes,” said Sister Carmen Sammut.
(RNS) Ordaining women as deacons may, or may not, happen, but the process could have other, maybe unintended, consequences.
"Any time you begin to break down one barrier, you see others crumble more," said a proponent of women's ordination.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) "It would do good for the church to clarify this point," the pontiff told nuns who asked whether a historic breakthrough on ordaining women was possible.
(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.
(RNS) There’s a saying in the Catholic Church that while only God can create the world, only a pope can create cardinals.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) While the number of Catholic priests in the Americas and in Europe is declining compared to the overall Catholic population, those losses were offset by increasing ranks of permanent deacons.