Regarding the exclusive interview with Archbishop Diarmuid Martin by Kieron Wood (SBP 7/8/05), as I understand it the Irish Episcopal Conference received permission from the Holy See in October 2000 for the introduction of the permanent diaconate, but is still awaiting final permission for the formation process to be granted.
The permanent diaconate is not being introduced to combat the shortage of priests. It was restored by Pope Paul VI after the Second Vatican Council in the...
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