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The heated debate on the ordination of women within the church For Women Scripture- There are many examples of women fulfilling leadership roles in both the Old and New Testaments, but no examples of Christ ordaining either men or women to the priesthood. Ordination came later. Experience- Given the above distortions in the present theology of the church on women, it is urgent that we must to listen to women's voices today as they articulate a call to priesthood. To continue to ignore women who have a vocation to the priesthood is to perpetuate an institutional injustice. Justice- It is unfair on men to expect them to shoulder alone the burden of celibate priesthood. It is unfair on women that 80% of pastoral workers in the worldwide church are women, yet no positions of authority are held by women. ...read more.

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St. Thomas Aquinas' opinion that "woman is by nature in subjection (to men), but a slave is not (by nature in subjection)" seems to be shared by today's hierarchy. Jesus did not ordain women- He did not ordain men either! This came later in the Church's history. Jesus called women as well as men to be his disciples. As the Pope's recent letter points out, Jesus went out of his way to include women among his disciples. The first apostle of all was the apostle to the Samaritans, the woman at the well. The first apostles of the Resurrection were Mary Magdalene and her friends. There were also many other apostles, women, appointed by the risen Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:6) Against women 1. The Saviour chose no women apostles and (so far as we know) ...read more.

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This indicates that the ordination of men only to the presbyterate and the episcopate was part of the authentic teaching of the Apostles. 5. The canon law of the early Church specifically forbade the ordination of women to the presbyterate and episcopate. These canons were endorsed by the Council of Nicaea which gave us our Creed. You could say that Nicaea got the Apostolic Tradition wrong on this point, but they sure got it right in the Creed, so I don't think so. You can interpret Scripture to allow women pastors, by attributing St Paul's strictures against it as either his personal opinion or as applicable only to his time and place. But there's a right way and a wrong way to interpret Scripture, and the consistent and specific understanding of Scripture on the part of orthodox Christianity through the centuries is a pretty reliable guide. Choosing one's interpretation to conform to current understandings of "equality" is not. ...read more.

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