Pope Francis said Thursday that he will establish a commission to consider the ordaining of female deacons in the Roman Catholic Church, reflecting a willingness to end the church’s tradition of all-male clergy.
Francis agreed to the proposal for a commission when he faced questions on the role of women in the church from 900 superiors of women's religious orders at a Vatican audience.
“It would do good for the church to clarify this point. I am in agreement,” the pope said.
Deacons are ordained ministers in the Catholic Church but do not have the rank of priest. They can give homilies and preside at weddings, funerals and baptisms, but they cannot...