As average age increases, "we must take necessary steps to invite others to hear the Lord’s call to serve as deacons," says bishop.
Petition was signed by almost 2 million people from 20 Member States. Summary dismissal shows "the entire European Citizens Initiative (ECI) mechanism becomes a farce," says European Dignity Watch.
1.7 million people seek to prohibit use of EU funds for activities linked to destruction of human embryos.
Ireland makes target in EU signature initiative aimed at stopping embryo research.
Report was formulated by Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality.