DID POPE FRANCIS ACTUALLY APPROVE OF DEACONS “SAYING” MASS— I SERIOUSLY DOUBT IT!
This is what the pope said about deacons while in Africa. Those accusing the pope of allowing deacons to celebrate Mass must be promoting a calumny:
From the Deacon’s Bench:
Please, make sure you do not clericalize the laity. Lay faithful are lay faithful. I heard, in my previous Diocese, proposals like this: “My Lord Bishop, I have a wonderful lay person in the parish: he works hard, he organizes everything … should we ordain him a deacon?” Leave him there, don’t ruin his life, let him remain a lay person. And speaking of deacons, deacons often have the temptation of clericalism; they see themselves as presbyters or pseudo-bishops … No! The deacon is the custodian of service in the Church. Please do not keep deacons at the altar: let them do their work outside, in service. If they have to go on a mission to baptize, let them baptize: it’s ok. But in service, let them not be pseudo-priests.