The Question of Women and the Priesthood. Can women be admitted to holy orders? by Sister Vincent Emmanuel Hannon
The Question of Women and the Priesthood
Can women be admitted to holy orders?
by Sister Vincent Emmanuel Hannon published by
Geoffrey Chapman 1967. Republished on our website with the necessary
When the book was published the author used her religious name, as
customary at the time: Sr. Vincent Emmanuel Hannon. She prefers to be called
Sr. Rita Hannon now. She also would like to point out that, at the time,
the publishers regretfully insisted on omitting many of her footnotes!
Nihil obstat: Patricius O'Connell, S.C.A., C.B.B.,
S.T.L., Censor deputatus Imprimatur: 44 Theodericus Worlock, Episcopus Portus
Magni Portus Magni, die 11 septembris 1967
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a
declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or
moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and
Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions and statements
H. Denzinger & A. Schoenmetzer, S.J Enchiridion
Symbolorum, ed. 31, Freiburg im Breisgau, 1963.
Patrolagia Graeca, Ed. J. P. Migne, Paris,
Patrologia Latino, ed. J. P. Migne, Paris,
Summa Theologica, St Thomas Aquinas, traps. Fathers of
the English Dominican Province, New York, 1947.
The author expresses gratitude to her superiors of her Congregation for
the time and opportunity to pursue her interest in writing this book. Her
thanks are extended to the Dominicans of San Clemente, the Franciscans of St
Isidore's, the Servites on the Janiculum, and the rector of the Biblical
Institute, Rome, for their kindness in allowing the use of their respective
libraries even during vacation. Special thanks are due to Reverend Robert
Nogosek, C.S.C., for reading the manuscript and for the improvements he kindly
suggested. The interest and encouragement of many other friends, too numerous
to mention, are also gratefully acknowledged.
One person in particular however was an unfailing inspiration and guide
to the author in her research and assembly of the material for this book. This
was the Right Reverend Aidan Williams, O.S.B., since deceased.
Scripture quotations, with the few exceptions indicated, are from the
Revised Standard Version. Translation of Latin texts is by the present author
unless otherwise stated.
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