The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University surveyed men and women’s Catholic religious orders in the U.S. on the possibility of sacramentally ordaining women as deacons in the Catholic Church. Here’s what they learned:
Seventy-six percent of responding superiors are aware that the International Union of Superiors General requested that Pope Francis establish the Papal Commission for the Study of the Diaconate of Women.
Sixty-nine percent are aware that the Papal Commission has formed and has met.
Seventy-seven percent of superiors believe it is theoretically possible to sacramentally ordain women as deacons.
Seventy-two percent believe the Church should authorize the sacramental ordination of women as deacons.
45 percent believe the Church will authorize sacramental ordination of women as deacons.
If the Church were to authorize the sacramental ordination of women as deacons, 69% believe the USCCB would implement this. Fewer, 58%, believe their bishop would implement this.
Sixty-eight percent of responding superiors believe the sacramental ordination of women as deacons would be “somewhat” or “very much” important for the Catholic Church. A minority, 45%, believe this would be “somewhat” or “very much” important for their institute or society.
Sixty-four percent of responding superiors say they were “somewhat” or “very much” aware of any history of women ordained as deacons.
Seventy-six percent believe the sacramental ordination of women (religious or not) as deacons would be beneficial to the Catholic Church’s mission.
Eighty-four percent believe the sacramental ordination of women (religious or not) as deacons would “somewhat” or “very much” create a greater call for women to be ordained as priests.
Read CARA’s complete survey here.
Study: US religious orders overwhelmingly back women deacons by Nicole Winfield (August 2018)
Study: Most US major superiors think women deacons ‘theoretically possible’by Joshua McElwey (August 2018)
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