You go to bed and get some sleep and wake up and Pope Francis is making some part of the Church explode.
One bit of snark: if anybody writes “deaconess” in the comment boxes below, be warned: I will edit.
Study and discernment is a good thing. My take on clamping down on discussion: it never kills a serious issue and likely attempts to thwart the Holy Spirit in a not-so-virtuous way. It also tends to backfire on prelates who appear to have nothing constructive or credible to say about gagged church issues that matter.
In speaking with friends in a few dioceses, the advent of the permanent diaconate meant a swell in ordinations at the beginning. Later, fewer prospective candidates after the Church caught up with the backlog of those called and gifted to serve.
Bishops are still responsible in their dioceses, so the local discernment of particular deacon candidates properly lies there.
I have little else to say. I’m not female, nor have I discerned a call to Orders, so there’s nothing personal in it for me. Over the years, I’ve known women who had the gifts. A few are ordained outside of Roman Catholicism today. Others continue to serve in ways quite similar to how deacons served in apostolic or patristic times.
Any other comments?