My Response: I agree with Jamie Manson's response to the future of women deacons. It could get ugly and become a painful, divisive issue in dioceses and parishes if women deacons are forced to deny that the full equality of women in the Church must include women priests.
Let me be candid, we already have women priests and deacons who minister in inclusive communities in the United States, Europe, South America, South Africa, and Asia. Since 2002, our international RCWP movement has grown from the Danube 7 to approximately 260. While the Vatican has yet to open a dialogue with us, justice like a river is flowing and a new Church is emerging where women priests are already serving. The truth is that God is already working through women priests in the Church now.
It is time for Pope Francis and the hierarchy make the connection that fundamentally women priests are a justice and human rights issue. There are no exclusions or exceptions to the the presence of the Divine working through women in the church and society. God is working through women priests and deacons now in our movement who are leading the Church toward living the full equality of women whether the bishops acknowledge it or not!
I pray that the ordination of women deacons will be a wake up moment celebrating our unity and diversity as loving and faith-filled members of our Church, not a divisive issue that pulls us further apart.
Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP https://arcwp.org
Jamie Manson writes: