U.S. Catholics see pope’s con­sid­er­a­tion of women’s role as pos­i­tive step

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Some prom­i­nent U.S. Ro­man Catholic groups wel­comed the news Thurs­day that Pope Fran­cis has agreed to con­sider al­low­ing women to be or­dained as dea­cons, though some cau­tioned the move would be only a lim­ited first step to­ward equal­ity.

The pope Thurs­day told an in­ter­na­tional meet­ing of nuns he would cre­ate a com­mis­sion to con­sider the idea of or­dain­ing women as dea­cons, who are able to per­form some re­li­gious cer­e­monies such as mar­riages but do not have all the rights of priests.

“It will make a huge dif­fer­ence,” said Deb­o­rah Rose-Milavec, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Fu­tureChurch, a Lake­wood, Ohio-based Catholic group that ad­vo­cates the or­di­na­tion of women as priests. Although al­low­ing women to be or­dained as dea­cons falls short of the group’s even­tual goal, RoseMilavec said she viewed it as a step in the right di­rec­tion.

“Any time you be­gin to break down one bar­rier, you see oth­ers crum­ble more,” she said in a phone in­ter­view.

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