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Dr. Maike Hickson was born and raised in Germany. She holds a PhD from the University of Hannover, Germany, after having written in Switzerland her doctoral dissertation on the history of Swiss intellectuals before and during World War II. She now lives in the U.S. and is married to Dr. Robert Hickson, and they have been blessed with two beautiful children. She is a happy housewife who likes to write articles when time permits.

Maike HicksonFebruary 25, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Cardinal Oswald Gracias, a member of the Pope’s C6 Council of Cardinals as well as the head of the Indian bishops’ conference, has claimed in an interview that the path to married priests is still “open.”

He calls Pope Francis “very clever” by “endorsing the final document” of the Amazon Synod, thus leaving it “a valid reference point.”

In the interview, Gracias also calls for greater responsibilities for women in the Catholic Church.

The final document of the October 2019 Amazon Synod had endorsed to ordain to the priesthood married men who are already deacons (no. 111)  and also proposed to support further study the question of the female diaconate (no 103).

Gracias, who just had participated at the February 17-19 meeting of the Council of Cardinals which advises Francis, thus endorses an approach to the Pope’s post-synodal exhortation Querida Amazonia which leaves all doors open. Querida Amazonia has been presented to the public on February 12, and, ever since, Catholics are trying to determine what the possible consequences of this new papal document might be.  ….

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