Is it not time to reinstate the ministry of women Deacons? The church appears frightened at the thought of, once again, introducing this ministry as it involves the ordination of women and is, perhaps, one step from having female priests. But is this a good enough reason not to reinstate a ministry women traditionally held? Clearly not, especially as a report made at the request of Pope Paul VI by a Camaldolese monk named Cipriano Vagaggini stated:
“Yes, he said, there were women deacons, and they were ordained.”
The article from which the above quote was taken can be found at:
The church has another problem with the ordination of women to the diaconate, canon law states that most of the major roles in the church must be held by an ordained minister, hence women Deacons would be eligible. The church would be open to equality at all levels between men and women. Could this be the main problem?
In addition, the evidence suggests that there were female apostles. We have St Paul in Romans 16:7 calling Andronicus and Junia(s) apostles. The original Greek for Junias is Iounian which can be translated as Junias(male) or Junia(female). In fact, there is no historical record of a man ever having been called Junias. It appears there was at least one female apostle and further information can be found at:
In light of the above we must ask ourselves: "What happened to put an end to all of this?" I think we know the answer, but why does the church not change now? Reinstating women deacons would be a step in the right direction.