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Dr. Phyllis Zagano: Women as deacons at least worth talking about

Dr. Phyllis Zagano, adjunct professor of religion
The Irish Catholic

In a column for IrishCatholic.comDr. Phyllis Zagano, who teaches in the Department of Religion, writes about the debate over ordaining women as deacons in the Church and points out that there is a history of women deacons in the early Church.

“There is no scandal in women deacons,” she writes. “In fact, the diaconate is and actually always has been a separate ministry that preceded the priesthood. Deacons are not priests. The diaconate always was and today still is totally separate from priesthood. Being a deacon does not mean one is automatically eligible to become a priest.”

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