The new page is titled, Deacons Today: Dalmatics and Beyond and is written by Deacon William Ditewig. Ordained in 1990, Deacon Bill was for five years executive director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat for the Diaconate and the Secretariat for Evangelization. He is currently a professor of theology and director of graduate programs in theology at Saint Leo University, near Tampa, Fla.
The new blog's mission statement:
"My hope for this blog is that it can serve as a place to talk about the order of Deacons which, in the Catholic church, was renewed at the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) and by Pope Paul VI...I'm happy to welcome Deacon Bill to the blogosphere with prayerful support for the success of his efforts. Deacons Today now has a place under Blogs Near and Far on the sidebar to the right.
"(T)rying to understand the diaconate in the contemporary church is a complex thing, involving moving beyond language that has developed to talk about the priesthood and which may or may not apply to diaconate, the relationships of laity and deacons, and so much more.
"That's where I hope this blog can help. This can be a place for conversation, REASONED debate and discussion. Since ordained ministry only makes sense within a broader understanding of the Church herself, we will have occasion to discuss issues of ministers and ministry."
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