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An Argument for the Restoration of the Female Diaconate in the Catholic Church
A faithful investigation of the canonical viability of the female diaconate. Based on thorough research, as well as sound historical and theological analysis, this book makes a significant contribution to the development of women’s roles in the modern church.
Holy Saturday is a clear and reasoned discussion that concludes that it is entirely within the Church’s power, authority, and tradition to restore its practice of ordaining women to the diaconate. In this lucid discussion, Dr. Zagano considers theological anthropology, sacramental theology, ecclesiology, historical and ecumenical sources, and contemporary understandings of the permanent diaconate.
This groundbreaking book explores the possibility of ordaining women to the permanent diaconate in the Catholic Church as a response from tradition that would permanently incorporate women into the teaching, sanctifying, and governing roles of the Church.
The book is intended for the well-educated reader as well as for the specialist, and speaks to issues that are vital in the ongoing life of the Church.