Why do theologians support the ordination of women?
a short self-help orientation course in ten steps
These ten steps have been designed to systematically explore the most important theological concepts that underlie the debate on women priests. Though the material does not cover the whole academic field, it does touch on the central points -- and in some detail.
I do not advise you to do more than one step in a sitting -- unless you are familiar with the theological disciplines involved.
After reading the documents (and, perhaps, printing some of them), you will need time to digest them and make them your own.
1. Is the ordination of women an equal rights issue? -- click here! 2. What may we read into Jesus omitting women from the apostolic twelve? -- click here! 3. Were negative scriptural statements about women inspired by God? -- click here! 4. Have women been forbidden for all time to teach in Church? -- click here! 5. Do their prejudices against women invalidate the teachings of Church Fathers and theologians? -- click here! 6. Does the teaching of the Church always remain the same? -- click here! 7. Was genuine Catholic Tradition against the ordination of women? -- click here! 8. Can a woman represent Christ? -- click here! 9. How binding is Romes teaching on the non-ordination of women? -- click here! 10. What are the prospects of womens ordination in the future Catholic Church? -- click here!
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