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Women deacons would be the first step to the priesthood

A South Carolina priest argues that women are already performing many important jobs in the Church. But it would be confusing in the extreme, he says, to signal that women’s priestly ordination is a possibility.

Restoring women as deacons is a reasonable proposal

The real fear, says a diaconate scholar, is that women deacons portend women priests. But that's not what the magisterium teaches, she says; deacons are ordained not to the priesthood, but to the ministry.