My Response Yes, of course, women deacons will lead to women priests! This is a no-brainer! So many women are prepared, have the ministerial experience, all they need is ordination!
The bishops know they are ready, willing and able. In fact, many women are functioning as de facto deacons now!
In an institutional Church that is imploding due to the worldwide sexual abuse crisis, women deacons will bring new wine into old wineskins and help bail out a Church in free fall.
However, what is needed is a renewed model of priestly ministry and a renewed model of ecclesial ministry in an inclusive, empowered, egalitarian Church. This is what the international movement of Roman Catholic Women Priests offers!
We are leading the way toward the full equality of women by ordaining women as priests. The ordination of women deacons is only the first step. Our bigger challenge is to change the clerical culture into a new paradigm of equalitarian ministry rooted in our baptism, not to add women to the old boys club! Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP