Feedback. (sounding board).
Standing applause. Then I'd take my place in the long line of women called to serve as deacons.
Darlene Lister Lancaster, Calif.
I'd open a bottle of champagne singing Dea Gratias!
Claire Bangasser San Juan, Puerto Rico
Hip, hip, hooray! I would definitely join a parish that had at least one female deacon.
Name withheld Pittsford, N. Y.
Surprise. But if the church allows it, I'll go along with it.
Kip L. Carlson Menasha, Wis.
It's about time! The men have made a mess of things. Let's give the women a chance to do things right.
Name withheld McHenry, Ill.
To thank those making the decision, on one hand, and to work with those fellow Catholics who have a problem with the decision, on the other hand.
Jim Martin Topeka, Kan.
Disbelief. The attitude of the hierachy is so closed to even discussing the possibility, I cannot imagine that happening. Our bishop is closed to the idea of a male permanent diaconate, much less female.
Name withheld Fort Wayne, Ind.
Absolute delight, new hope, amazement, and gladness at the blow to my cynicism about the male hierarchy.
Joyce Raden, R.S.M. Oak Park, Ill.
Alleluia! Although I suspect it will happen out of necessity, not because it's the right thing to do. That's OK; whatever works.
June Wilkerson, O.P. Canyon Country, Calif.
Outrage. Allowing women to be involved in the liturgy only drives away men's vocations to the priesthood.
Brenda Neary Columbus, Ohio
Somebody give me an "Amen!"
Patrick Kennedy Sterling, Ill.
Q: I think the church's unwillingness to reinstate the practice of women deacons is primarily motivated by ...
Fear, especially fear of female sexuality.
Name withheld St. Petersburg, Fla.
The church's "good ol' boy" network. It's the same problem we've seen in the business world, except businesses don't have a public policy supporting discrimination.
Name withheld Eugene, Ore.
Fear that women will ask for priesthood next.
Norbert Gaier Eau Claire, Wis.
The anti-feminist bias of the magisterium.
Steven Kymes St. Louis, Mo.
Fear of "rocking the boat," of making changes that might drive away members of the church. I hope that's what the unwillingness is about; I would hate to believe it is due to blatant sexism.
Allison Koenig McLean Chicago, Ill.
An ignoring of Jesus' respect for women.
Sister Eileen Sheehy Hernando, Miss.
Fear. The church's not allowing any discussion on women's ordination shows a real control problem.
Corinne Kirsch, C.S.J. Lilly, Penn.
Old-fashioned ideas of women's place in society.
Jean Sherman Sweet Home, Ore.
Fear of change--among clergy and laity alike.
Rosemary Murphy Madelia, Minn.
Stubbornness. This is the way it is now and ever shall be, world without end, Amen.
Marie Kraft Bismarck, N.D.
Conservatives in power who haven't transitioned from the church triumphant to the church pastoral.
Richard Goodwin Canon City, Colo.
Fears of men who believe that once the gates are opened, the estrogen will flow.
K. Kane Westerly, R.I.
Q: How would ordaining women as deacons change the church?
It would go a long way toward changing the anti-woman image of the church.
Jennifer King Austin, Texas
It would bring more compassion and tenderness to ministry.
Barbara Blackman Rhinebeck, N.Y.
We would be enriched by the complementary gifts and perspectives of women and men.
Name withheld Memphis, Tenn.
There would be a huge psychological impact. Just as a family needs a father and a mother, the church also needs the gifts of men and women to be healthy.
Paula Zimmermann San Francisco, Calif.
It would lighten the load of pastors, but the pastor has to be willing to let go of some of his power.
Lorna Walk McFarland, Wis.
It would make the church a much more effective witness for justice in the world.
Name withheld Syracuse, N.Y.
It would give the impression that everything is negotiable. If people don't like a rule, oppose it loud enough and it will change.
Sharon Legge Canton, Mass.
It might soften the damage being done by the current scandals in the priesthood.
Fran Reuland Omaha, Neb.
There would be more women deacons than men!
Patricia L. Gregory Reno, Nev.
It could also diminish the importance of the laity, which would be a bad thing.
Jo LePore Overland Park, Kan.
They would take control of the whole thing. Women should stay home and take care of their kids.
Carmela Kulp Phoenixville, Penn.
It would send a message that females are not second-class members of the church. Children who see women treated as equals are more likely to remain in the church as adults.
B. Anders Danbury, Conn.
It would reflect the feminine as well as the masculine image of God.
Mary Alice Mooney, S.U. Wilmington, N.C.
It would not have a major impact because deacons are not regularly given access to decision-making functions in the church.
Name withheld Appleton, Wis.
For some parishes in our area, it would be nothing new. We now have pastoral administrators who function, in many ways, the same as ordained deacons.
Glenn Tebbe Greensburg, Ind.
If women can make it in the Senate, Congress, and governorships; lead universities and corporations; and serve as pastors, clerics, and bishops in other Christian communities, then let's shatter the glass ceiling in the Catholic Church.
R. Sammon Flushing, N. Y.
While I firmly believe in the ideal of women deacons, I also think women can work more effectively for the people of God without the constraints and oppression that would be put on them with ordination at this time.
Name withheld Philadelphia, Penn.
There is no way I would subject my wife to attendance at diaconate classes when she is just as capable, if not more so, of being a deacon as I am. So the church doesn't just lose one deacon, it loses two.
Derien R. Andes Pleasantville, N.J.
I favor and support the ordination of women to the diaconate and the priesthood. However, I believe that we have to prepare people for these changes. Sometimes I think people see the ordination of women as the solution to all the current problems of the church.
Glenn Janus Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Most deacons are more like super-altar servers than like the deacons in the early church. It seems to me we would be better off calling for laymen and laywomen for particular roles of service.
Name withheld Cochester, Vt.
Most women are not capable of handling a priest's role in the church. Their emotions are too changing. I should know; I've been one for a long time.
Name withheld Baton Rouge, La.
The church has used textual and historical precedents to support their male-exclusivity stance. Why not use their own tools against them? Two can play at this game.
Pamela Winfield Kyoto, Japan
It boggles the mind that a female chaplain in a hospital cannot give the last sacraments to the very persons she has prepared for death and that a woman theologian who teaches homiletics in a seminary cannot give a homily.
Sister Arturo Cranston, O.P. Winter, Wis.
You assume facts that have not been substantiated. You need to prove that deaconesses referred to in the Bible fulfilled all the same functions as a deacon.
James Wood Camp Hill, Penn.
It is not only women who want to become deacons (or priests) who suffer from the current restrictions but more importantly those who would like to be ministered to by a woman deacon or priest.
Nikki Sauser Spokane, Wash.
Just because women do not have the correct body part, it should not bar them from service as a priest or deacon.
Name withheld Dundee, Ill.
Let the slippery slide to ordination commence!
John Klieforth Golden, Colo. AND THE SURVEY SAYS ... 1. I believe women should be ordained deacons. Readers only: agree 85% disagree 12% other 3% E-mail respondents: agree 94% disagree 4% other 2% 2. Ordaining women deacons would inevitable lead the church closer to ordaining women as priest. Readers only: agree 58% disagree 36% other 6% E-mail respondents agree 62% disagree 21% other 17% 3. I think women will be ordained as deacons: Readers only: 39% In the next 10 years. 27% In the next 25 years. 7% In the next 50 years. 11% Never. 16% Other. E-mail respondents: 54% In the next 10 years. 28% In the next 15 years. 7% In the next 50 years. 4% Never. 7% Other. These results are based on survey responses from 260 U.S. CATHOLIC readers and 315 Web site visitors.
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