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  • Public Statement on Orthodox Deaconesses by Concerned Clergy and Laity

    01/18/2018 9:26:34 AM PST · by Carpe Cerevisi · 42 replies
    American Orthodox Institute ^ | January 18, 2018 | FR. JOHANNES JACOBSE
    WASHINGTON — Fifty-seven Orthodox Christian clergymen and lay leaders, including the heads of two leading Orthodox seminaries in the U.S., have issued a public statement calling on church leaders to defend Orthodox teaching on the creation and calling of man as male and female by opposing the appointment of deaconesses in the Orthodox Church. The statement comes in response to a public statement issued in October by nine Orthodox liturgical scholars in the U.S. and Greece, expressing support for the Patriarchate of Alexandria’s November 2016 decision to “restore” the ancient order of deaconesses and its February 2017 appointment of deaconesses...
  • Pope’s deaconess commission includes women’s priesthood supporter (Catholic Caucus)

    08/03/2016 3:29:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 2, 2016
    VATICAN CITY, August 2, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — An American professor appointed to Pope Francis’ newly announced Special Commission for the Study of the Diaconate of Women subtly advocates for women’s ordination to the priesthood, and several other appointees have expressed questionable theological views. Pope Francis announced the members of the commission on Tuesday. In May, he promised a group of religious sisters that he would set up a commission to study the question of women deaconesses.   “After intense prayer and mature reflection,” Pope Francis decided to set up this commission, the Vatican announced in a press release. Rorate-Caeli...
  • Full list of members of Vatican’s commission for the study of women deacons (Cath Caucus)

    08/02/2016 2:33:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | August 2, 2016 | Catherine Harmon
    Pope Francis greets Sister Carmen Sammut, president of the International Union of Superiors General, during an audience with the heads of women's religious orders in Paul VI hall at the Vatican May 12. During a question-and-answer session with members of the UISG, the pope said he was willing to establish a commission to study whether women could serve as deacons. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano) Today the Vatican announced the names of the members of a new commission established to study the question of women in the diaconate. In May, Pope Francis told a gathering of women religious community leaders that...
  • Francis and the Deaconesses… aka Deaconettes

    05/12/2016 2:05:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | May 12, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    First, today I saw a piece at Breitbart that Pope Francis popularity has dropped.  HEREThat said, I have received links to various articles saying that the Pope has considered establishing a commission to study the issue of the ordination of woman as deaconesses…. (aka deaconettes -it’s easier to pronounce).Studying is one thing and doing is another.That said, I saw something telling in the Fishwrap account (aka National Schismatic Reporter). The pope responded that he had spoken about the matter once some years ago with a “good, wise professor” who had studied the use of female deacons in the early centuries of...
  • Should Church Boards Be Able To Decide Which Pastor A Particular Church Gets To Vote On

    12/17/2012 7:10:15 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 43 replies
    12/17/2012 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    A vacancy occurs within a church (as in the pastoral position), and let's say an interim pastor steps in for a certain amount of time until a replacement pastor is voted in. Let's say 4-5/6 licensed/ordained ministers within that denomination apply for the open position and thus for a chance to preach before the church - and the church members who will later hear those ministers will pray about which one they desire to be their pastor and eventually vote one in. Should the board get to toss any of those names from consideration, if those licensed/ordained ministers are in...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SACRUM DIACONATUS ORDINEM, 06-09-10

    06/09/2010 10:10:21 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies · 31+ views ^ | 06-09-10 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):SACRUM DIACONATUS ORDINEM Apostolic letter of Pope Paul VI setting down the general norms for restoring the permanent diaconate in the Latin Rite of the Church. This document sets down definite norms to be followed, among which are: 1. minimum age of twenty-five for the permanent diaconate; 2. obligation to celibacy for those ordained deacons as unmarried men; 3. privilege of married men "of more advanced age" being ordained permanent deacons, i.e., at least thirty-five years old; 4. rights of permanent deacons to administer the sacraments; offering Mass, giving confirmation and absolution, conferring anointing of the...
  • Robert Hicks, Leader in Armed Rights Group, Dies at 81

    04/26/2010 5:12:23 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies · 505+ views
    New York Times ^ | 24 April, 2010 | Douglas Martin
    Someone had called to say the Ku Klux Klan was coming to bomb Robert Hicks’s house. The police said there was nothing they could do. It was the night of Feb. 1, 1965, in Bogalusa, La. Associated Press Robert Hicks in 1965, the year of a sit-in by blacks at a cafe in Bogalusa, La., where he lived. The Klan was furious that Mr. Hicks, a black paper mill worker, was putting up two white civil rights workers in his home. It was just six months after three young civil rights workers had been murdered in Philadelphia, Miss. Mr. Hicks...
  • New papal decree clarifies role of deacons and result of defections on marriage

    12/15/2009 3:47:50 PM PST · by NYer · 62 replies · 1,297+ views
    cna ^ | December 15, 2009
    Denver, Colo., Dec 15, 2009 / 05:16 pm (CNA).- This morning the Vatican published a Motu Proprio from Pope Benedict called “Omnium in Mentem”  and dated October 26. According to J.D. Flynn, a canon lawyer for the Archdiocese of Denver, the new document clarifies the nature of a deacon's orders and the impact of defections from Catholicism on the validity of a marriage.“Omnium in Mentum,” roughly translated as “Everything in Mind,” deals with two unrelated topics, a fact that caused Flynn to observe that it's probably easier to publish one Motu Propio than two. Writing in an explanatory note for...
  • Authority Figure in Churches

    08/23/2007 7:29:04 AM PDT · by PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain · 23 replies · 386+ views
    8-23-2007 | PaynoattentionManBehindCurtain
    There seems to always be a discussion going on about the authority of the Pope in the Catholic Church, but I have long wondered about the authority figure, government set up, in other denominations also. I spent 10 years in the Baptist church, and after studying some on this topic, IMO, the Baptist's, independent, and Southern both, don't have it right either. I have seen in several Baptist Churches where they have "Head" Pastors/preachers, and "Associate/Assistant" Pastors, "youth" pastors. But in these churches the Head Pastors had the "final" say in any decisions or settling any disputes, he is in...
  • What You [Catholics] Need to Know: Deacons and the Diaconate[Catholic-Orthodox Caucus]

    07/01/2007 7:43:19 PM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies · 545+ views
    Catholic ^ | n/a | Catholic Culture
    What You Need to Know: Deacons (Diaconate) Since Pope Paul VI restored the permanent diaconate in 1967, there has been considerable confusion among the faithful about what deacons are and what they are called to do. A concise overview of the ministry of the deacon which takes this confusion into account is therefore the best place to begin. Here we learn that deacons are ordained to a threefold ministry of service for Word, altar and charity. In 1993, John Paul II addressed the full assembly of the Congregation of the Clergy while it was considering the ministry and life...
  • Use Deacons as Priests

    06/28/2007 7:33:54 PM PDT · by tnarg · 61 replies · 813+ views ^ | June 28, 2007 | J. Grant Swank, Jr.
    The number of priests is declining. The Pope however cautions his congregations not to put in place of priests the laity for that could lead to an over reliance on laypersons and finally fade out the priestly presence. However, parish after parish is discovering that it is forced to call upon laypersons to act on behalf of the church. The reason? There simply is no priest within miles. In some cases, nuns are doing much of the priestly spiritual work. When nuns are not there, to whom can the congregations turn to but their own — laypersons? In other words,...
  • A patron Saint for Deacons [St. Stepehen]

    12/26/2006 7:47:59 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies · 935+ views ^ | 12-25-06 | Thomas Craughwell
    Thomas Craughwell  Other Articles by Thomas CraughwellPrinter Friendly Version   A Patron Saint for Deacons December 25, 2006 Everything we know about St. Stephen, one of the first deacons and Christianity's first martyr, comes from chapters six and seven of the Acts of the Apostles in the New Testament. Stephen came from a family of Hellenists, Jews who had emigrated from Palestine to one of the Greek-speaking provinces of the Roman Empire. These Jews spoke Greek rather than Aramaic and in their synagogues heard Scriptures read in Greek rather than Hebrew. The sixth chapter of Acts tells us that...
  • Ordinatio Sacerdotalis

    08/10/2006 9:16:55 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies · 403+ views ^ | 08-19-06 | Mickey Addison
    by Mickey Addison Other Articles by Mickey Addison Ordinatio Sacerdotalis 08/10/06 It was one of the few days I was really not looking forward to leading my Scripture study. I had a terrible cold and the thought of conducting a lesson on Revelation did not sound appealing. Though I was trying to put a good face on it, my priest noticed that I was not my usually boisterous self, and he asked me if I wanted a blessing. "Father, that sounds good... Thanks!" I replied. And then he laid his hands on me and prayed healing over me. Needless to say,...
  • Catholic Church in India ordains its first married deacons

    01/24/2006 11:32:14 AM PST · by NYer · 21 replies · 410+ views
    Asia News ^ | January 24, 2006 | Nirmala Carvalho
    INDIA Indian Church ordains its first married deacons by Nirmala Carvalho Ordination ceremony takes place in the Archdiocese of Mumbai. Diocesan spokesman says the event was very important, enriching the mission of the Church. Mumbai (AsiaNews) – The Catholic Church of India ordained its first married deacons. Last Sunday, Card Ivan Dias, archbishop of Mumbai, presided over the ceremony that saw Lyod Dias and Elwyn D’Souza, both 60, acquire the right to celebrate religious functions such as marriages, funerals, baptisms and administer the sacraments, except for mass and confession.In an interview with AsiaNews Fr Anthony Charangat, spokesman for the...
  • (Latin Mass Liturgy) Deacon's Position at Consecration

    09/20/2005 4:34:51 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 485+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | September 20, 2005 | Father Edward McNamara
    Q: What is the proper position for the deacon during the consecration? In my parish the deacon stands approximately 1 foot to the priest's right. Then at the "Amen" the deacon elevates the chalice as the priest elevates the paten. At another parish in my diocese, however, the deacon knelt on the altar step, beside the altar servers, during the consecration. I can't remember if he stepped up to elevate the chalice or not. It seems that the former position is more prevalent. Which is the correct or the preferred position? -- J.J., Howell, Michigan A: The position of the...

    09/13/2005 3:55:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 281+ views
    Papabile ^ | September 13, 2005
    Commentary by Papabile * * * * * Following on my previous article about the Permanent Diaconate and elected positions, I thought I might do some followup on other issues relating to the Permanent Diaconeate. I thought this was a good one to start with. A quick google search of +"permanent diaconate" and +divorce yields 562 hits. Now, not all of these are actually related to eachother. However, there are a few precious items. Among them: From the Diocese of Saint Augustine: XVI. Family Difficulties. Deacons and their families are not immune from experiencing marital or other family discord. As...
  • Confraternity of Catholic Clergy 2005 Resolutions

    08/17/2005 4:27:19 PM PDT · by Frank Sheed · 10 replies · 347+ views
    Confraternity of Catholic Clergy ^ | August 5, 2005 | Confraternity of Catholic Clergy
    Confraternity of Catholic Clergy 2005 Resolutions FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Members of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy at their 30th annual Convocation (August 1st – 5th, 2005) in Alhambra, CA, issued the following resolutions: 1. As loyal sons of the Church we pledge our total obedience, support and respect for His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI as he begins his pontificate. We honor the memory and legacy of his predecessor, Pope John Paul the Great and we pray that God will grant our new Holy Father good health and long life as the Vicar of Christ on earth. 2. We pray...
  • Against the Permenant Diaconate

    02/10/2005 11:30:48 PM PST · by thor76 · 51 replies · 1,055+ views ^ |
    Our Lady of the Roses and Cardinal Spellman against permanent deacons... "Why are you now planning to take married men, making them what you call deacons, to give the sanctity and holiness, the grace in marriage to My sheep? What right have you to change the rules and the direction?" - Jesus, May 23, 1979 Non-celibate deacons in the Roman Rite: a break with Tradition Fr. James McLucas explains that "The preparation for optional celibacy began with the introduction of the permanent diaconate following the Second Vatican Council." Although it was claimed that this change was nothing more than the...
  • Church steps back to the future (female deacons in Orthodoxy?)

    10/09/2004 6:54:07 PM PDT · by Destro · 50 replies · 739+ views ^ | Saturday October 9, 2004 |
    Saturday October 9, 2004 Church steps back to the future The Greek Orthodox Church seems to have taken tentative steps toward entertaining the possibility of inducting women into its order for the first time since the fifth century, after the Holy Synod said that the subject was broached during its meeting yesterday. The Church governing body said Bishop Chrysostomos of Halkida had initiated a discussion on the subject of the role of women in the Church and the revival of female deacons, who were part of the Church during the fourth and fifth centuries. Twelve bishops and Archbishop Christodoulos, the...
  • Number of U.S. Catholics, deacons up; priests, religious down

    07/20/2004 9:08:41 AM PDT · by Salvation · 74 replies · 1,070+ views
    Catholic ^ | 7-16-04 | Jerry Filteau
     CNS Story: KENEDY Jul-16-2004 (870 words) Number of U.S. Catholics, deacons up; priests, religious down By Jerry FilteauCatholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- New figures show the U.S. Catholic population continues to grow. The number of deacons serving them is on the rise, but the numbers of priests and religious brothers and sisters are down. The long-term slide in church marriages continues. The 2004 edition of the Official Catholic Directory showed some drop in the number of U.S. Catholic colleges, high schools and elementary schools and in the number of students attending them, but slight increases in the number...