Pope Francis held a meeting on May 12, 2016, inside of Paul VI hall with the Plenary Assembly of Superiors General; there he accepted to "set up an official commission that would study the issue” of the Diaconate women, "especially with regard to the early days of the Church.”
According to the Vatican, "after intense prayer and reflection”, the Pope has decided to establish a Commission for the Study of the Diaconate of Women, appointing as president archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer, who is the Secretary of Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
He has also named the following as members of the commission:
Sister Nuria Calduch-Benages, Member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission.
Prof. Francesca Cocchini, Professor at the University "La Sapienza" and at the Patristic Institute "Augustinianum"in Rome.
Msgr. Piero Coda, Dean of the University Institute 'Sophia', Loppiano, and Member of the International Theological Commission.
Fr. Robert Dodaro, O.S.A., Dean Patristic Institute "Augustinianum", Rome, and Professor of Pathology.
Fr. Santiago Madrigal Terrazas, S.I., professor of ecclesiology at the Pontifical University "Comillas" in Madrid.
Sister Mary Melone, S.F.A., rector of the Pontifical University "Antonianum" in
Fr. Karl-Heinz Menke, Emeritus Professor of Dogmatic Theology at the University of Bonn and Member of the International Theological Commission.
Fr. Aimable Musoni, S.D.B., professor of ecclesiology at the Pontifical University
Salesian University in Rome.
Fr. Bernard Pottier, S.I., Professor at the '' Institut d'Etudes théologiques', Brussels, and Member of the International Theological Commission.
Prof. Marianne Schlosser, Professor of Spiritual Theology at the University of Vienna and Member of the International Theological Commission.
Prof. Michelina Tenace, Professor of Fundamental Theology at the Pontifical University Gregorian University in Rome.
Prof. Phyllis Zagano, Professor at the Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.