Every once in a while you will encounter the bizarre practice of listing the names of wives of permanent (and married) deacons together with the names of their clerical husbands. You might also see the wives troop into a church in procession alongside their deacon-husbands.
That gives in the impression that wives somehow share in their husband’s diaconal character, even if they do support their husband’s diaconal ministry in their role as spouse.
Recently Deacon Greg Kandra as his blog (alas, with Patheos) had a piece about this – to wit:
An alert reader—thank you, Frank Weathers—pointed this out to me, from a parish in California:
Holy Name of Mary Parish Staff:
Fr. Rich Danyluk, SS.CC.
Marv and Sharon Estey
Mario and Irene Lopez, Spanish Ministry
Jose and Maria Guadamuz, Spanish Ministry
Al and Rita Austin
Go there for links and comments.
One of my alert readers – thanks JL – sent me the link to a Facebook discussion of the same post and issue.
Amusing, indeed. And not the least that our old pal Phyllis joined the fun. She continues, it seems, her starry-eyed, quixotic push for the ordination of women.
I look forward to a document from the Holy See which could, as a poetic resonance, be entitled Ordinatio diaconalis. It could have a paragraph which explains the obligation of clerical continence.
Oh, please let such a document be issued during the pontificate of Pope Francis!
Moderation queue is ON.