Austrian sister calls for ordination of women deacons
by Isabella R. Moyer on Jun. 14, 2012
The Catholic church in Austria made international headlines with the Austrian Priests’ Initiative, founded in 2006, and last year’s “Appeal to Disobedience.” The April 30 NCR article “For a year now, Austrian Catholics debate obedience” provides an excellent summary. [Fishwrap is for the disobedience.]
Today, The Tablet published a short article titled “Leading nun calls for women deacons”: [Which isn't possible, so the Fishwrap is bound to be for it.]
The leading voice of women religious in Austria has called for the ordination of women as deacons. [Well! If she's a leading voice.... okay then!]
In an interview in the June issue of the Austrian monthly Kirche In, the President of the Association of women religious in Austria, Sr Kunigunde Fürst (a Franciscan Sister of Vöcklabruck), [I don't think there are nearly enough sisters names Kunigunde these days.] said: “Why should it not be possible to ordain women deacons? Why are they being excluded from performing deacons’ services?” [Because I am pretty sure the argument that the Church doesn't have authority to ordain women to the priesthood also applies here. We can't just make things up as we go.] She went on to suggest that the Catholic hierarchy were afraid of women’s advancement. [HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!] “Could it be that the hierarchy is afraid that women will get too close to the priesthood and then perhaps even move on to becoming bishops?” she asked. “That is not a good kind of fear,” she added. [Yah... the bishops and Holy Father are real a-scared!]
To lean more about this question, I recommend Martimor’s book on Deaconesses.
Meanwhile, Tabula delenda est.