"Are deacons just glorified EMHCs?"

Somebody actually posed that question to Fr. Z. The good padre  — who was last heard from tackling the subject of deacons and the collar – offers an answer and some history. Snip: Sadly, many permanent deacons I have known in times past were little more than glorified EMHC’s (Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion) because [Read More...]

Deacons and the collar: Fr. Z goes there

After much dissection of the norms, he concludes: Sadly, I think, bishops still have little idea what to do with deacons. The idea of denying the Roman collar to men duly ordained as clerics, while permitting it for those merely studying for the priesthood, as is the case in many seminaries, doesn’t make sense to [Read More...]