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We Will Not Stop say FutureChurch in Response to Pope Francis's Comments on Women Deacons
Release date: 
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

“We Will Not Stop” says FutureChurch responding to Pope Francis’s Comments on Women Deacons

Yesterday, Pope Francis stated that the Study Commission on the Women’s Diaconate did not reach a conclusive answer on whether women were ordained in the same manner as male deacons in the early Church.  He indicated there would be further study.

“We agree with Pope Francis that this is not the end of the discussion,” said Russ Petrus, Co-Director for FutureChurch.  “We will not stop our call to dialogue on the issue and advocacy until women are ordained as deacons alongside their male counterparts.”

This Friday, Pope Francis will meet with members of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG) who first questioned him about the possibility of women deacons in May 2016.  At that time, Pope Francis set up a 12-member commission, comprised of six women and six men to carry out the study, a study that apparently has not been conclusive enough in the Pope’s judgement. 


“Change is hard, but change in coming,” said Co-Director Deborah Rose-Milavec.  “Even the Pope has to finally yield to the ‘signs of the times’ and the Spirit of God on this one.”


Petrus added, “I am confident that women, both religious and lay, are not going away on this issue, and that along with their male allies, they will continue to build a Church where women’s full participation is a reality.” 

FutureChurch has advocated for the restoration of women deacons for over 15 years.  Go to to read about the history of women deacons, learn about particular women deacons from history, read the stories of women who are called the diaconate today, keep up with the news regarding women deacons, and download DeaconChat resources for engaging local clergy, bishops and others in conversation regarding women deacons.



About FutureChurch Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, FutureChurch seeks changes that will provide all Roman Catholics the opportunity to participate fully in Church life and leadership. It is a national coalition of parish centered Catholics striving to educate fellow Catholics about the seriousness of the priest shortage, the centrality of the Eucharist (the Mass), and the systemic inequality of women in the Catholic Church. FutureChurch is a nonprofit organization that makes presentations throughout the country, distributes education, advocacy and prayer resources and recruits activists who work on behalf of its mission.