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Women deacons considered.

CHICAGO * Lynne Mapes-Riordan, a lawyer, wife, mother and longtime parishioner at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Evanston, Ill., wants to become a deacon within the Catholic church, and Cardinal Francis George of Chicago had "promised to raise the question in Rome" during his "ad limina" visit earlier this year, the Chicago Tribune reported Aug. 21.

George discussed the issue with Mapes-Riordan and the leadership at St. Nicholas last winter, the Tribune reported.

The Catholic church does not ordain women for the priesthood, but it has not ruled out the diaconate.

Earlier this year, George said during a forum at the Union League Club that the diaconate was a more open question than the priesthood for women, the newspaper reported.
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Date:Aug 31, 2012
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