Cardinal Christoph Schönborn said that there had been female deacons in the Church in times past and that, ‘basically, this [question] is open.’
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‘St. John Paul takes us back to before the Mosaic law on marriage, to the very beginning, to God’s plan for the human race,’ said one speaker at an international symposium in Austria.
The archbishop of Vienna believes that mercy must not only be extended to divorced-and-remarried Catholics, but also to the children and abandoned spouses harmed by family breakups.
The Austrian cardinal spoke to Catholic News Agency about the discussions that took place at the Feb.12-13 extraordinary consistory of cardinals.