The Holy Father appointed a committee to study – again – the notion of ordination of women as deacons. This was already studied by the International Theological Commission, which leaned away from the possibility of sacramental ordination.
It is good to know who the people in this new study group are. I know some of them already, personally or by reputation. I’m looking around for more on those whom I don’t know. So far, from what I can tell, the commission as a whole will probably lean in the direction of the impossibility of sacramental ordination. Several members will desire that outcome and are already “out” and in favor of it. Several members don’t seem to have pronounced themselves on the matter, but are “conservative”; they will not be in favor.
Of course we know Fr. Robert Dodaro of my old school the Augustinianum. He was the editor of the Five Cardinals Book™. [UK HERE] That was an extremely important book in defense of matrimony, brilliantly conceived and executed simultaneously in five translations. It is now in ten languages. He is a patristicist as well as a patrologist and serves also as a consultor to the CDF. He is a serious theologian and will be on the side of Truth. Have a look at his amazing (and hard) Christ and the Just Society in Augustine. [UK HERE]
In searching this my own blog for the names of the other members and about the issue of deaconettes, I ran across an old entry on the topic wherein I posted a precis of and link to a post on the blog Laetificat written by a sometime commentatrix here, Elizabeth Durack (no, she’s not a member of the commission). Elizabeth participated in an online seminar called (I’m not making this up) “WOMEN DEACONS MOOS” held by one of the members of this new commission, the infamous writer for the Fishwrap, Phyllis Zagano [HERE and followup HERE].
Elizabeth recounts her experience of the MOOS. The comments under her post, in which she responded to people who took her to task, are telling. HERE
I’ll keep digging around for insights into other members.
Furthermore, I think the only stoles that a woman should ever wear are mink.
How would that look in Latin, I wonder? Something like: Ceterum autem censeo unicam stolam umquam feminis induendam esse mustelinam.
I don’t think the ancient Romans knew minks, and if they did, they would have thought them a kind of weasel. Weasel in Latin is mustela, which is used in the scientific name for mink. I see, however, that the American mink has been distinguished from the European mink as vison (which is not Latin) rather than mustela. Mustelinus, -a, -um is the adjective. It works for me. Maybe some of you will have your own versions.
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