Q4. Have women been forbidden for all time to teach in Church?
The idea that women are not allowed to teach in Church greatly influenced the ban on women priests. Theologians and church lawyers argued: If women are not even allowed to preach, how could they ever be priests? Read the following texts as examples:
The authorities in Rome still maintain that Pauls word established a lasting norm.
Then what was the meaning of the scriptural texts? Before we go into the exegesis of the text itself, we need to know more about the role of an authors intended scope. Click here!
We can now look at the texts themselves:
The answer is therefore: the prohibition for women to teach in church was a temporary and local prescription. To say that it established a permanent norm is to go well beyond the intention of the inspired authors.
Women do actually preach in churches, as is well known. Read the life stories of Claire Daurelle, college chaplain and pastoral worker in Lyons, France, from 1978 to 1998, and Alice, missionary in Africa, in charge of isolated St. Andrews parish.
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