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Women in the Clergy

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Women in the Clergy For a number of years the issue of women's role in the church has divided the Christian community. Their ascent through the ranks of the Anglican clergy has angered the more conservative Roman Catholic sect of the church. Feminists have also condemned the church's archaic sexist views, highlighting the fact that such policy would not be allowed in any other aspect of modern life. When feminist theology began in the 1960s, women began to complain about the church's male dominated language and sexist attitudes. They complained that God is always referred to as a man, and claimed this was wrong because they argued that the creator of everything must have been both male and female, and hence it is wrong to always refer to him as a he. ...read more.

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Roman Catholics do not believe women should be allowed to become members of the clergy for many reasons. Firstly, they support their argument with evidence from the teachings of Jesus. They think that because Jesus chose 12 men as his apostles, they are not free to break that tradition and consequently all preachers should be male. They also cite the fact that Jesus did not call any women to the priesthood. Also, when celebrating the Eucharist (during holy communion), the role of the priest is to represent Christ himself, and the imagery of this ritual is disturbed if a woman plays the role. Secondly, they support their argument with biblical quotations. Corinthians 14: 13-35 says 'Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must remain in submission' and Catholics argue that if the bible says women should not speak in churches then they cannot preach in church either. ...read more.

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In addition, the Church of England believe that when God created humans, 'So God created man in his own image, in the image of God He created; male and female He created them' Genesis 1:27, he created both males and females in his own image, and the 'man' that is referred to is a term for the human race as a whole. For all these reasons the majority of Anglicans believe that women are equal to men and consequently they allow them tom become priests. In conclusion, there are clearly many arguments for and against the rights of women to become priests. The bible offers many opinions from many of its sections and seems to contradict itself many times regarding the issue. Personally, I am of the opinion that if God created women and men with the same intellectual capacities then he must have wished them to be equal to men. So I think that women should be allowed to become priests. ...read more.

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