Our research has confirmed the conclusion already arrived at in 1975 by Rome’s own Pontifical Biblical Commission, namely: that the ordination of women to the priesthood can not be excluded on the basis of Sacred Scripture.

What seems unacceptable at first may prove to be the will of Christ.

What may seem unusual and strange may well be the demand of the Gospel in our own times.

The pharisees rejected the Carpenter from Nazareth. They refused to recognize Him as their priest when they stood under his cross on Calvary. The idea that a woman could express the priesthood of Christ may seem equally upsetting— and our prejudice is equally mistaken as that of Jesus’ pious contemporaries.

Only honest appraisal in the light of Christ’s Spirit should decide the question on women’s ministry; not convention or personal fancy. After all, it is Christ’s priesthood, not ours, we are speaking about.

John Wijngaards

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