Study: US religious orders overwhelmingly back women deacons

  • Pope Francis salutes as he leaves after an audience to altar aids, in St. Peter’s square at the Vatican, Tuesday, July 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

VATICAN CITY — A new survey has found that the majority of U.S. Catholic religious orders believe women should be allowed to serve as ordained deacons, lending support to an issue currently under study at the Vatican amid pressure for women to be given greater roles in the church.