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Supporting Women Deacons

Reiterating a call first made in 2013, the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests has praised the creation of a papal commission to study the ordination of women deacons on behalf of their 1,000 members. "We believe the ordination of women deacons will enhance pastoral ministry and serve the common good of the People of God." You can check out the full statement on the AUSCP home page (it begins at the line "NEW: Statement Regarding Ordination of Women Deacons"). Or, you may read the statement below:

Pope Francis establishes commission to study women's diaconate; appoints Voice of the Faithful St. Catherine of Sienna Award recipient as member

BOSTON, Mass., Aug. 2, 2016 – Pope Francis has established a commission to study ordaining women as deacons in the Catholic Church and has appointed a recipient of Voice of the Faithful’s St. Catherine of Siena Outstanding Layperson award as a member. Among the 13 members, six are women, and four of those are lay women.

VOTF Attends AUSCP Assembly

VOTF Executive Director Donna B. Doucette and members Svea Fraser and Mary Freeman traveled to Chicago at the end of June to present a colloquium on Clericalism at the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests 2016 Assembly. While there, they also attended the Vespers of Hope service, which Donna helped prepare—a Vespers expressing contrition for the sexual abuse of children within the church.