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Women Deacons?

Essays with Answers

Edited by Phyllis Zagano

The question of restoring women to the ordained diaconate surfaced during the Second Vatican Council and continued to resound in academic and pastoral circles well after the diaconate was restored as a permanent order in the church in the West. This volume contains twelve essays-five translated from Italian, three translated from French, and four in their original English-that answer the questions about the history and possible future of women deacons.

Essays by:

Yves Congar, OP

Philippe Delhaye

Peter Hünermann

Valerie A. Karras

Corrado Marucci, SJ

Pietro Sorci, OFM

Jennifer H. Stiefel

Cipriano Vagaggini, OSB Cam

Phyllis Zagano

Ugo Zanetti, OSB

Phyllis Zagano is senior research associate-in-residence and adjunct professor of religion at Hofstra University and founding co-chair of the Roman Catholic Studies Group of the American Academy of Religion. The author or editor of eighteen books in religious studies, including Catholic Press Association and College Theology Society book award winners, Zagano is also the series editor of the Spirituality in History Series published by Liturgical Press.