With a h/t to my brother Deacon Greg over at the Bench, I found his posting about an interview with Archbishop George Bakhouni of Tyre, Lebanon to be very interesting. Here's the full Catholic News Service interview.
One of the things I found of specific interest to this blog is contained in one of the comments to the CNS article itself, in which one of the respondents says that (married) permanent deacons would be likely candidates for ordination to the priesthood. One can hear and read this suggestion in many places. I would just observe that no one should PRESUME that a vocation to be a permanent deacon would also mean that the same person has a vocation to the priesthood. They're two distinct, but related, vocations. Still, it's an intriguing suggestion and one that will probably continue to be made.