In 2016 Pope Francis established a commission to examine whether women could or should be ordained deacons. Stating that the outcome was inconclusive, he established another commission in 2020.  Handout photograph: Vatican Media/EPA

Pope Francis recently announced that he would remove the phrase “lay men” from Canon 230 and replace it with “lay persons”. This change to the church’(...)

Pope Francis: has broken new ground by appointing two women to influential posts in the Vatican administration; as director of the Vatican museums and as deputy director of the Holy See’s press office. Photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Undoubtedly there will be disappointment among some Catholics at the words of Pope Francis last week that the church’s restriction on women priests is(...)