In an interview with the German weekly Die Zeit that was published on March 9, Pope Francis briefly discussed the Commission on the Women’s Diaconate. Although his remarks included some that challenge the role of women deacons, Francis also spoke about the task of theology today. “You must do research to get to the bottom of things, always. This also applies to the study of Scripture. The historical-critical method: What does this mean at that time? What does it mean today? Truth is not to be afraid. That tells us the historical truth, the scientific truth: Do not be afraid! That makes us free.” Following the instruction of Pope Francis, the Ignatian Spiritual Life Center is delving into the study of the Women’s Diaconate in our Book Series. We are reading Women Deacons: Past, Present, and Future. We welcome you to join us and communities around the world in reading and discussing the book!
Purchase a copy of the book Women Deacons: Past, Present, Future here.