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Contemporary Theologians

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Special documents, ancient and new

Look here for excerpts, quotes, shorter texts of some historical significance.

Rome's main documents relating to the ordination of women
The Fathers of the Church involved in the discussion on the ordination of women
Church Councils and Local Synods laying down rules regarding women
The evidence for sacramentally ordained women deacons
Medieval theologians who wrote on the ordination of women
Post-scholastic theologians and what they said about women
Church law and Church lawyers legislating about women
Contemporary theologians who reject Rome's claim that the issue of women priests ‘has already been settled infallibly’
Catholic scholars pro & con
Recent Church Councils and their relevant texts
Documents relating to the devotion to Mary Priest.
Women called to the priesthood.
The ‘body, sex and gender’ section.
The ecumenical section.
Books reviewed on this web site.
The section on devotion to St. Mary Magdalen
The section on the duty of speaking out
Mistakes and errors by Popes.
The scriptural texts quoted in the discussion

Recent theological writings

Here you can find articles, chapters or whole books relating to the question of women’s ordination that have been published on our website.

‘Ecumenical Classics’Nineteen books so far!
Ancient Classics
‘Important Books online’
Thirty eight complete books so far, with contributions by more than 100 theologians!
Research articles
(1981 to the present)
Relevant Journalistic/ theological articles
(1981 to the present)
‘Classic’ articles
(1960 - 1980)

We are also building up collections in the major languages:

  1. French
  2. German
  3. Italian
  4. Spanish
  5. Dutch
  6. Portuguese
  7. Polish

A new feature will be:

  1. Famous Classical Studies on Woman in Society and Church (resumés)

If you yourself have material that is relevant to our discussion and that you would be prepared to see published in our Women’s Ordination Catholic Internet Library, please, let me know.

Wijngaards Institute for Catholic ResearchThis website is maintained by the Wijngaards Institute for Catholic Research.

The Institute is known for issuing academic reports and statements on relevant issues in the Church. These have included scholars' declarations on the need of collegiality in the exercise of church authority, on the ethics of using contraceptives in marriage and the urgency of re-instating the sacramental diaconate of women.

Visit also our websites:Women Deacons, The Body is Sacred and Mystery and Beyond.

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