What may we read into Jesus omitting
women from the apostolic twelve?
The answer is: nothing!
Rome maintains that this omission was a deliberate act by
Jesus. For his openness to women shows that he did not yield to social opinions
of the time. Read the official text
here. So by this omission Jesus established a permanent norm. It
barred women from ordination for all time to come.
Read the official text here.
To be able to judge the meaning of the Scripture
texts in questions such as these, we need to be aware of two principles: 1.
the difference between the
literal meaning and the literalist meaning; 2.
how literary forms should
be taken into account.
The answer is therefore: the omission of women
from the apostolic twelve proves nothing. Jesus radically including women
in his general priesthood implies that they should be included in his
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