Talking about the role of women in Germany’s Catholic Church, Lücking-Michel says: “Of course, nobody wants to be a mere stopgap. You know the thing: if there’s no one else, take a woman.”
In the Interview: Claudia Lücking-Michel, Vice-President of the Central Committee of German Catholics
Pope Francis has set up a Vatican panel to study the role of deaconesses in early Christianity. Equality advocates have hailed the move as a possible step towards women being allowed to serve as deacons in the future.
The 100th Catholic Congress in Germany brought together thousands of believers looking for new ways to assert their faith in volatile times. The three-day event ended with a message on the ongoing refugee debate.
Pope Francis has said he is willing to establish a commission to study whether women can become deacons in the Catholic Church. The move signals openness to letting women take part in a currently male-reserved ministry.
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