Friday, October 22, 2010
Deacons with Wives (and Without)
I realize that perhaps much of this may seem like hairsplitting, but it reveals important developments as the renewed diaconate continues to gain in maturity and experience. What worked to describe the reality of the diaconate and diaconal life early in the renewal is giving way to more nuanced and reflective expressions, and I hope it will continue to do so. The diaconate, especially in the US, began with an infancy and it has now grown into adolescence and is seeking its maturity. This gets reflected in the language we choose to use to describe all of this.