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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.
Endorser
“It is time for our Church to acknowledge the role of countless women serving the people of God in positions of ministry and leadership.”
Endorser
“It is time for the Church to heed the Spirit’s voice, recognizing women’s call to the diaconate and allow the Spirit to restore and renew the Body of Christ so that it may fully live into its identity of missionary discipleship.”
M. Therese Lysaught, Ph.D., Theologian
Theologian, Doctor of Philosophy - Loyola University Chicago and the Pontifical Academy for Life (Chicago, IL/Madison, WI)
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

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