LEAD STORY — Can women be deacons? ● Pierre Jova: Why Marion Maréchal is dividing French Catholics ● Matthew Schmitz says democracy has gone haywire in Ireland ● Fr Mark Drew: The Orthodox world is facing another major split ● Fr Raymond J de Souza: The Holy Father has made himself the de facto bishop of an entire nation ● Jonathan Wright: Was the medieval ‘dancing plague’ really the work of Satan? ● The pro-life campaigner Maria Steen tells Bonnie Lander Johnson what the Irish Church must do now ● Michael Duggan on the gentle lyricism of Francis MacManus ● Andrew M Brown on Bishop Curry, his critics and the CofE ● Fr John Zuhlsdorf reflects on the “Greater and Lesser Meatloaf Season”