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Old 18th June 2019, 06:42 PM
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Default Amazonian Synod:

Will cover the possibility of ordaining married elders (learned/faithful/wise/capable men, not referring to specifically 'old/retired or third age men' strictly speaking) and appointing an official ministry for women:

"Affirming that celibacy is a gift for the church, in order to ensure the sacraments for the most remote areas of the region, we are asked to study the possibility of priestly ordination for elders -- preferably indigenous, respected and accepted by the community -- even though they have an established and stable family," said the document.

Published by the Vatican June 17, the document also said the church should consider "an official ministry that can be conferred upon women, taking into account the central role they play in the Amazonian church."

I think that due to the circumstances in the Amazonian forest, ordaining married elders as priests will become a reality and it's very likely that a determinate function for women will have a title and this could open the doors for deaconesses.
John 3:27; John 15:5; Matthew 19:26
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