Results of survey show support for diaconate open to women and men

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The Deacon Survey has been completed.

Our thanks to the ACI and ACP for including this survey on their websites.

There was a huge majority (84% to 13%) in favour of the diaconate being open to both men and women.

There was widespread awareness of both the protest by the women in County Clare and the fact that women deacons were common during the first 1000 years of the Christian church.

There was some confusion over the question about relying on the laity (49%) rather than introducing the permanent diaconate (30%) with a lot of Don’t Knows (21%)

Summary of Results:

Q 1 Are you aware of a protest by women in County Clare which has led to Bishop Kieran O’Reilly deferring the introduction of the Male-Only permanent diaconate?

                    YES               84%

                    NO                 16%

Q 2 Are you aware that women deacons were common in the first 1000 years of the Christian church?

                    YES                79%

                     NO                 21%

Q 3 Would you like the diaconate to be open to both men and women?

                     YES               84%

                     NO                 13%

                     Don’t Know    3%

Q 4 Should we rely on the laity rather than introducing a permanent diaconate?

                     YES                49%

                     NO                 30%

                     Don’t Know  21%

Q 5 Which diocese do you live in?

                     Dublin                                      43.5%

                      Down & Connor                       5.1%

                     Cork & Ross                               4.4%

                      Tuam                                         4.2%

                      Killaloe                                      4.0%

                      Armagh                                      2.7%

                      Galway                                       2.2%

                       Kildare & Leighlin                  2.2%

                        Other                                       31.7%

Q 6 Are you  Female                                      53%

                         Male                                         47%

Total number of responses was 448.