Female Synod Adviser Appointed by Pope Francis Says ‘Women Deacons’ are a ‘Possibility’

One of the female advisers appointed to the Synod by Pope Francis has said women deacons are “a possibility.”

In an interview with the news outlet of the German bishops, katholisch.de, theology professor Maria Lucchetti Bingemer said that thanks to Pope Francis, “There is already more visibility of women in leadership positions, and this creates an ecclesiological fact: Women are no longer just passive, they occupy spaces and do it very well.”

“This could open up a future in which female deacons or even priests are a possibility,” Bingemer claimed, contradicting dogmatic Catholic teaching.

“However, if the office of deacon is introduced, the process will be cautious and consensual, as is always the case in the Church,” the professor said.

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