“Set up an official commission to investigate that issue? I guess so. It would be good for the Church to clarify this point. I agree. I will talk about doing something like that. I accept it. Having a commission to make it clear sounds like a useful thing to me.” With these words, on May 12, during the audience given to the International Union of Superiors General (Usig) in the Vatican, Pope Francis opened to the possibility of creating a committee for a study on “women deacons,” on whether they had been ordered or not, and on what was their role in the early Church.
And today, an official bulletin of the Press Office of the Holy See, released a note stating that Pope Francis has set up a Study Committee on women deacons.
“After intense prayer and a mature reflection”, Pope Francis has decided Msgr. Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, will chair this Commission. There are 12 members in this Commission and six of them are women.
Recently, returning from his trip to Armenia, the Pope had resumed this subject in response to a question from a journalist. On that occasion, Pope Francis had said that after talking to the Prefect of the Doctrine of the Faith, the President of the General Superior, he had asked them for a list of people considered to be suitable to become part of the study group. A list “that is on my desk now to set up this Commission”.