Sunday, May 15, 2016

Putting Pope Francis on the couch about women deacons

Pope Francis hugs Sister Carmen Sammut, a Missionary Sister of Our Lady of Africa at the end of a special audience with members of the International Union of Superiors General in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Thursday, May 12, 2016. Pope Francis said Thursday he is willing to create a commission to study whether women can be deacons in the Catholic Church, signaling an openness to letting women serve in ordained ministry currently reserved to men. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool photo via AP)

Pope Francis has signaled he's open to considering women deacons, but looking at his record, it's not at all a slam-dunk where his thought process might lead.