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.”
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 current pope, too, appears to have ruled out women's ordination. Francis says the "last word" on the question was delivered two pontiffs previous, by St. John Paul II, and that he does not foresee any changes.
They worship the same God, but the principles of their faith are different. Five hundred years after the Reformation, there are still painful divisions between Protestants and Catholics.
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