In a column for IrishCatholic.com, Dr. 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.”