Omnium in Mente, “In the Mind of All”, a document written by Pope Benedict XVI in October but released on December 15, 2009 “clarifies” the role of the Permanent Deacon, by updating Canon Law in a new third paragraph, [Canon 1009]. The revision states in part,
…while deacons are enabled to serve the people of God in the diaconate of the liturgy, the word and charity.
According to Zenit and the National Catholic Reporter, the change brings the canon in line with the Catechism of the Catholic Church and clarifies the role of bishops and priests, as distinctly different than permanent deacons. Makes sense? As I read the change, the “while” in the new paragraph has a “line in the sand” quality… a demarc point that doesn’t reflect the balance of the current canon.
What do you think? Here’s a link to the current canons… ORDERS