At LifeSite there is a story related to the final report of the study commission set up by Francis to look into the historical issues of female deacons, deaconesses, deaconettes, whatever.
It was not the job of the commission to make a recommendation about the possibility of reviving deaconettes. They were simply to look into historical questions.
The commission found that there is no evidence that women were ordained to the diaconate, in the same way that men were ordained.
We knew that. And we know that ordination of women to the diaconate is not possible because of the harmony of the three grades of the Sacrament of Holy Orders. Only men can receive that sacrament.
Of course the inflexible hard-line dissenters, such as the darling of Beans, Peter Hünermann, will continue to press for deaconettes.
In vain. It’s not going to happen.
Professor Manfred Hauke [commission member], in recent comments to LifeSiteNews, further strengthened this position when he said: “We cannot identify the consecration of deaconesses with the ordination of deacons. It was not sacramental ordination that can be identified with the Sacrament of Orders (for bishops, priests, and deacons).” He added: “The history of the institution of deaconesses offers no solid basis, therefore, for the introduction of a sacramental female diaconate. The ancient Church was unacquainted with a female diaconate equivalent to the male diaconate.”