I have ceased my involvement with the blog All Along the Watchtower due to the now constant insidious polemics written by its founder towards the Catholic Church. I will not get into much detail about what was said; however, the topic that allowed me to conclude that my involvement with such a place is no longer needed was Women deacons in the Catholic Church.
Many of the opinions of those who do support the idea of women deacons present the evidence, which is minute, and interprets it in a non-sequitur way. The supporter will then demand the objector to provide evidence for their conclusion knowing full well that lack of any evidence. However, the blog, Canon Law Made Easy, breaks the evidence in such a simple way that one must conclude that if they interpret the evidence to make clear that women deacons in the early Church, they do so without any actual evidence to support them.
As Canon Law Made Easy explains, “A big argument that is often used in support of women ordination to the diaconate is the undeniable historical fact that the deaconesses existed in the early Church.” The most key piece of evidence for this is a document of church instructions called The Apostolic Constitutions. As I have read, from the Latin Community’s Servus Fidelis, these women’s role in the Church was to assist the conversion of other women in a time when a man had to have a woman present with another woman, and with nude baptisms.
The document makes references to the word “ordaining” with these women, which naturally the supporter of women deacons concludes that the case is now closed. Now it’s important distinction that Canon Law Made Easy explains that the Apostolic Constitutions was church rules specific to the region of Syria. Thus, this is why one cannot at all dismiss the contradiction found in the Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D., which involved the entirety of the Church.
However, regardless of how the Apostolic Constitutions are interpreted in error by declaring these women deacons were ordained clerics. Canon Law Made Easy clears this up by declaring it a moot point. “Whether they were ordained clerics or not, in 411 A.D., A Local Council in Orange, France forbade deaconesses altogether (Canon XXVI)” The post also reminds us that any further documentation is often just reflective of local communities and often times are contradictory of each other. The Apostolic Constitutions, as a local set of rules, does not make it right or create a precedent as other councils like Orange and Laodicea had made the practice forbidden. Again, it sets no precedent.
I ask everyone to please visit the site (http://canonlawmadeeasy.com/2014/02/06/could-women-ever-be-ordained-deaconesses/) to get a much clearer understanding of the role of women deacons in the Early Church.