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"Francis stressed that there is “a way of understanding” the female diaconate, which is “not in the same way as the male diaconate,” since the formulas used in the rite of ordination are different."
"Among the disputed points are disagreement over the formula that was used in the ordination of deaconesses, whether the formula carried sacramental weight, and what function those women deacons might have had."
"But as for their role in modern times, Francis said “there is no consensus for an ordination in the same form as men. Some say there is doubt, others say let’s go forward. Either way, don’t be afraid to study,” he said."
“This is what they are studying,” Francis said, noting that the commission so far has been able to find a hundred points they all agree on, but there is still a long way to go."