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    Rich Barlow

    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 7 comments on Should Women Be Ordained Catholic Deacons?

  1. What a wonderful blast from the past! The bio associated with this article failed to mention that Phyllis taught at BU (1988-1999), in the College of Communication, the School of Theology, and the Program of International Relations, and was Director of the Institute for Democratic Communication. I served on university and Faculty Council committees with her during the Silber era, and I’ve always found her to be an inspiration for framing discussions of misogyny that took place closer to home.

  2. All positions in the Church should equally be available to all. This is imperative although understandably this will require a process to ensure understanding and support from all members of the Church.

  3. Let us pray that women can once again be ordained as Deacons in the Roman Catholic church. I knew Phyllis was active with Voice of the Faithful but I wasn’t aware that she was a BU alumna. Robert thanks for the update that she taught at BU as well. For more information on the Synod on Synodality see the link below.


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  4. As a practicing Catholic for over fifty years,I have seen the gap and have been praying that in my life I may see a female deacon who would attend to certain issues that a female Christian would feel comfortable if it was a female in attendance.the natural God given gift like witnessed in Martha of the Bible is needed in the world today

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