BERN, Switzerland — Theologian Father Manfred Hauke said recent comments from a German archbishop appearing to support a particular diaconate for women are confusing to Catholics and others.
“Allowing women to be deacons would create great confusion for the faithful,” Father Hauke, a professor of patristics and dogmatics at the Theological Faculty of Lugano, told Catholic News Agency April 30.
“You would have to explain to them the difference between male and female deacons,” he pointed out.
Female “deacons” would not be ordained to the sacrament of holy orders, and calling them “deacons” would be “ambiguous,” Father Hauke said. Women could “receive a benediction for services of...READ MORE