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Witnesses
Fr. Theodore K. Cassidy, S.M.
July 16, 2021

“I am very pleased to see the Church, through Pope Francis and the Commission he has established, investigate in an open way the diaconate for women. In this matter, as in all the important issues we face, the Church will grow as we discern together with an openness to the Holy Spirit. I strongly support the recognition of women as deacons. It is part of our history. There is a vital need to amend canon law to give women official recognition for their roles in the ministries of the Church. I encourage members of the Church to have open minds and hearts so we are able to grow in unity, strength and effectiveness as the Church of Jesus following the Holy Spirit in this matter. This is very important for the future of our Church.”

Fr. Theodore K. Cassidy, S.M., is a member of the Society of Mary (Marianists) and a campus minister at the University of Dayton.
Witness
“I feel that the Catholic Church as it is structured is not what Jesus envisioned for his followers—so many of them were women of his day. What happened?”
Joan D. Martin
Ignatian Volunteer Corps Member, parishioner at New Roads Catholic Community in Belmont, MA
Endorser
“It is time to open up the permanent diaconate to all who are qualified regardless of gender. The Church needs this witness.”
Keith Davis
Director of Deacon Formation (Archdiocese of Santa Fe) and National Association of Lay Ministry Board Member
Witness
“Having women present in leadership at Mass would truly reveal the importance of women in the church.”
Lena Denis

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