What’s the problem with women deacons?
Nothing, says this scholar of women’s ordination in the early church.
At least 25 years ago the late Archbishop of New York Cardinal John O’Connor told me there were secret discussions in Rome about restoring women to the ordained diaconate. The problem, he said, was that they could not figure out how to ordain women as deacons and not as priests.
The confusion remains. One priest, a convert to Catholicism, wrote me recently: “It seems somewhat disingenuous for an expert in women’s ordination to the diaconate to then insist that there is no connection with women priests.”
But the question of women deacons is not related to any discussion of women priests.