The new consulters are not surprise nominees, but a number of them are notable for their advocacy of the female diaconate and a focus on the Second Vatican Council as an event which must change the Church.
Sister Linda Pocher, who was recently asked by Pope Francis to address a group of leading cardinals on the role of women in the Church, said that Francis 'is very much in favor of the female diaconate.'
‘Bergoglio intends to fundamentally change the concept of Holy Orders, placing alongside the Priesthood (reserved for men) forms of ‘non-ordained’ ministry for women, with a view to their sacramental ordination,’ Archbishop Viganó said.
Catholics ‘couldn’t have a stronger signal that Bergoglio is planning the faux ordination of women deacons, with a trajectory towards the faux ordination of women priests and bishops,’ Deacon Nick Donnelly wrote.
Cardinals Robert McElroy and Blase Cupich, both of whom were personal appointees to the synod by Pope Francis, once again pressed on the 'urgent' need to explore the role of women in Church governance and leadership.
The much anticipated final report from the Synod on Synodality has been released, avoiding giving direct answers on controversial issues, but pushing a continued ‘synodal’ approach to general Church life.