Vatican says next Synod will not tackle women deacons, married priests

Vatican says next Synod will not tackle women deacons, married priests

[“I don’t believe it, not for a minute!” There was no talk about including the issues of “welcoming” and “accompanying” buggers, fornicators and adulterers (especially allowing Holy Communion without need of annulment for the latter) in the 2014 and 2015 Synods on the Family, but those topics entered from within, outside and above the synods into the post-synodal messages to FrankenPope and in his apostolic exhortation.]

Jan Bentz

January 13, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — A Vatican official confirmed Friday that the next Synod of Bishops will not deal with women deacons or married priests.

Asked by LifeSiteNews after a press conference at the Vatican about the possibility of priestly celibacy and a women’s diaconate being on the agenda in 2018, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri responded abruptly, “No.”

Cardinal Baldisseri is the secretary for the Synod of Bishops.

There has been speculation that the synod would focus on priestly celibacy and the question of married priests. Also mentioned as a possibility was the topic of creating women deaconesses after Pope Francis set up a 12-member commission headed by Archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer last August to research the subject. Archbishop Ferrer is the secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith.

Instead, the upcoming 15th meeting of the Synod of Bishops next year will focus on youth, with the motto: “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.” Slogans calling for “a younger and fresher Church” and fostering an “outgoing” Church were presented during the press briefing.

Cardinal Baldisseri asked for feedback in the form of an online questionnaire to help shape the agenda. Questions include: “How can the values of the local culture be combined with the Christian proposal, with consideration of popular folklore?” and “How can the youth language be used in pastoral work, especially in the media, in sport, and in music?” The questionnaires are organized by continent to give more precise responses about the expectations of the youth for the synod.

“The questions will inform us about the experiences of the youth,” Baldisseri said.

His answer followed what Pope Francis wrote in an accompanying letter published for the XV Synod “to Young People on the Occasion of the Presentation of the Preparatory Document of the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.” Francis told the young people: “The Church also wishes to listen to your voice, your sensitivities, and your faith; even your doubts and your criticism.”

Cardinal Baldisseri, also involved in shaping the agenda at the last Synod for the Family, added that the Church must abandon her “highly complicated theological language” and step down to the level of the new generation.

“The youth has her own language,” the 76-year-old Cardinal explained. “Sometimes the faith has a Eurocentric taste. We have included those questions to be able to deal with the cultural contexts better.”

Answering a question about whether young people will be present at the gathering of bishops, Baldisseri replied, “The Synod of bishops is for bishops — that will stay the same. There will be auditors. They will not have a vote but will participate.”

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9 comments on “Vatican says next Synod will not tackle women deacons, married priests

  1. Vote in our new Poll: What is the true goal of Francis’ 2018 “Youth and Vocation” Synod?

    Posted by New Catholic at Rorate Caeli on 1/13/2017

    The Vatican released today the Pope’s letter to “young people” on the 2018 Synod’s preparatory document.

    We make use of this occasion to ask you what the Pope and his courtly entourage are planning to use the Synod for: if two Synods for “Family” can be used to promote adultery and attack the indissolubility of marriage, what on earth can one expect from a Synod on “Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment”?

    Francis’ “Family” Synod was used to impose Communion for “divorced-remarried.”
    What is true goal of Youth & “Vocational Discernment” Synod?

    ~Married Priests
    ~Female Deacons
    ~None: just Mercy & Luv!

    – See and vote in the actual poll at:

  2. The SIn-Nod on Yutes will consider the following:
    –Modern culture and sexual activity
    –Formation in knowledge on going active
    –How much fun it is going active
    –Some drawbacks on going active
    –Having priests’ and bishops’ guidance in going active
    –The Enneagram and going active

  3. Kwai Chang Master, why do the jute strings bring peace to my ears even though I don’t know my Enneagram number?

    Master Po: Grasshopper, I said youth, not yute.

    Kwai Chang: That’s different. Never mind.

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