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For Catholic women, pope's panel on female deacons 'could open up some interesting opportunities'

For Catholic women, pope's panel on female deacons 'could open up some interesting opportunities'

Barbara Anderson is hopeful that a new commission appointed by Pope Francis to study women deacons could open up new opportunities in the Catholic Church.

But more important, she says, is the new perspective that ordained women could bring to the church.

"It's exciting that he has decided to explore what Scripture and history tell us about the role of women in the church, and that this opportunity could be open to women someday," said Anderson, one of the few women to have run a parish in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. "I think it says the role of women in the church is a very important one."

The Vatican announced the commission Tuesday. In a...

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