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"I have some concern about deacons having perhaps too much of a role today."

 

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We understand your concern. This is difficult territory, because the Church presently may allow this. However, it can be argued that it does not come without problems, including serous problems. Traditionally deacons embraced celibacy & progressed to the priesthood (this is still the case in traditional orders). Since the Second Vatican Council, there may be married 'permanent' deacons. This lack of celibacy is no small matter (try here for some reasons).

In any event, if there are problems at a particular parish with respect to deacons having "too much of a role", you might consider bringing your concerns to the parish or diocese. Or it may be useful to consider another parish. You might especially want to consider parishes that (licitly) welcome the traditional Latin 'Tridentine' Mass, as they may be less likely to embrace such novelties.


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