Francis, Stop the Commission!!!
According to the New York Times last Tuesday, Francis “created a commission to study the possibility of ordaining women as deacons.” The commission is named, ‘Study Commission on the Women’s Diaconate’. Appointed to this commission were six men and six women. Joshua J. McElwee of National Catholic Reporter elaborates further in his article, Francis institutes commission to study female deacons, appointing gender-balanced membership:
“Included in the group are six faculty members of pontifical universities, four members of the Vatican’s International Theological Commission, and one member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission. Among the members are six priests, four laywomen, and two women religious.”
“The full list of members of the new commission:
- Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria, secretary of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, serving as president;
- Holy Family Sr. Nuria Calduch-Benages, member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission;
- Francesca Cocchini, faculty member at Rome’s La Sapienza University and the Patristic Institute Augustinianum;
- Msgr. Piero Coda, president of Rome’s Sophia University Institute and member of the International Theological Commission;
- Augustinian Fr. Robert Dodaro, president of the Patristic Institute Augustinianum;
- Jesuit Fr. Santiago Madrigal, ecclesiologist at Madrid’s Pontifical University Comillas;
- Franciscan Sr. Mary Melone, the first female president of Rome’s Pontifical University Antonianum;
- Fr. Karl-Heinz Menke, emeritus professor of dogmatic theology at Germany’s University of Bonn and member of the International Theological Commission;
- Salesian Fr. Aimable Musoni, ecclesiologist at Rome’s Salesian Pontifical University;
- Jesuit Fr. Bernard Pottier, faculty member at Brussels’ Institute D'etudes Théologiques and member of the International Theological Commission;
- Marianne Schlosser, theologian at the University of Vienna and member of the International Theological Commission;
- Michelina Tenace, theologian at Rome’s Pontifical Gregorian University;
- Phyllis Zagano, senior research associate-in-residence at Hofstra University in New York.”
Please write to the Vatican bureaucrats or at the least contact your local diocesan official and let them know that this commission will only be wasting precious resources because John Salza and Robert Siscoe already have the answer!
The following scans are taken from the book True or False Pope? by Robert Siscoe and John Salza, chapter 15, subsection Women Deacons?, pages 485 to 492. A reader who wishes to remain anonymous kindly shared these pages with Call Me Jorge... The first excerpt starts off with Gerry Matatics’ position on female deacons and the remainder of the excerpts are Salza’s and Siscoe’s.
And there you have it, Salza and Siscoe may not like it but they believe it isn’t an impossibility!