Archbishop of Freiburg Robert Zollitsch, who chairs the German Bishops’ Conference, has called for “a specific office of deacon for women” (ein spezifisches Diakonenamt für Frauen). He called for the move at the end of a four-day meeting to discuss possible reforms, saying that the Catholic Church could only regain credibility and strength by committing to reform.
Zollitsch also commented favorably on a conference proposal to allowed divorced and remarried Catholics to serve on parish councils and possible be admitted to the sacraments.
UPDATE: a reader has sent the full statement in German of Archbishop Zollitsch. The statement makes it clear that he is calling for a new office specifically for women rather than admission of women to the sacramental diaconate. The report has been updated to reflect this.