Francis and the Deaconess Study Commission
At Crux Charles Collins (quondam Vatican Radio speaker) has some cleared-eye comments on recent remarks made on an airplane trip by Francis about the possibility of the ordination of women to the diaconate.
In his view, and I agree, Francis established the commission to study the problem in order to give him cover for not doing anything about women’s ordination.
Francis will address a big group of women religious soon, and the topic could come up, as it did the last time he addressed them. He can now point to that commission – which, predictably, failed to come to any solid conclusions