Holy Saturday: An Argument for the Restoration of the Female Diaconate in the Catholic Church
CTS Book of the Year. A serious effort to faithfully investigate the history and canonical viability of the female diaconate. Based on thorough research, as well as sound historical and theological analysis and reflection, this book makes a significant contribution to the discussion and development of women’s roles in the modern church.
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With meticulous documentation, Zagano (communications, Boston Univ., and chair of the Roman Catholic group American Academy of Religion) provides scholarly argument supporting restoration of the role of ordained deacon to women in the Catholic Church. Zagano calls upon accepted ancient and official modern sources in scripture, history, theology, and canon law to advocate formalization of this ministry for contemporary pastoral needs. By separating ordination to the priesthood from ordination as deacon--seen as a vocation in itself, not merely as a step toward priesthood--the author objectively and evenhandedly supplies thorough evidence and historical precedents to conclude that such ministry is canonically possible and most necessary today. This unique study brings balance and reason to an issue long under official study; and whether or not one agrees with this form of ministry for women, it is certain that women will continue to serve as proclaimers and healers within ecclesial structures. Recommended, especially for seminaries and academic collections.--Anna M. Donnelly, St. John's Univ., Jamaica, NY ...
The Church has given reasons why women although
The judgment that women cannot be ordained priests
Women are and have been called to the diaconate
Women have continually served the Church in diaconal
The ordained ministry of service by women is necessary