"Nothing, says this scholar of women’s ordination in the early church"
My response: I agree with Phyllis Zagano that there is no problem to restoring women deacons as far as church history is concerned. However, I do believe there is a connection between women deacons and women priests. If the church restores women deacons, it definitely will increase the pressure for women priests because fundamentally the full equality of women in every area of the church's life is a justice issue. The full equality of women in all ministries and leadership roles in the church is the work of the Spirit in our times.
In my view, the major issues is clericalism, not the fear of the connection between women deacons and priests.
Since 2002, the international Roman Catholic Women Priests Movement has been living a renewed model of priestly ministry in which ordained women deacons and priests minister in inclusive communities of equals with the baptized. We are flipping the pyramid of a top down hierarchical church into a more circular model that affirms the gifts and fundamental equality of all the baptized.
Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP, www.arcwp.org