Jesus Christ and Women

Jesus Christ and Women

 

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Jesus did not tackle male dominance directly.
But he established a new priesthood that includes a radical openness to women.

And at the Last Supper he empowered women, as much as men, to preside at the Eucharist

Jesus Christ:

  1. THE TWELVE APOSTLES
    Jesus chose twelve apostles as twelve new patriarchs to lead his followers. Since the twelve were all men, did he thereby exclude women for all time?
    http://www.womenpriests.org/no/scriptur/mark3.asp
  2. CULTURAL DOMINANCE OF MEN
    Within the social and cultural context of the time it was impossible for Jesus to impose women as his new ‘patriarchs’. When choosing the twelve, Jesus adapted to male dominance as a social fact of his time.
    http://www.womenpriests.org/no/scriptur/myth1.asp
    http://www.womenpriests.org/no/scriptur/myth2.asp
  3. TRUE INCARNATION IMPLIES LIMITATIONS
    Jesus Christ changed the course of religion in our world. We believe that in him God somehow became present among us in a special way. But we should not forget that he was truly human. He possessed the ordinary human limitations. This also means that he did not know everything in advance, for instance that the admission of women to the ministries would became a major issue in the Church.
    http://www.womenpriests.org/no/scriptur/christlm.asp
    http://www.womenpriests.org/no/scriptur/christig.asp
  4. JESUS’ ATTITUDE TO WOMEN
    From what the Gospels tell us it is clear that Jesus treated women as equals. He wanted them to be equal members in the new Kingdom of God he was ushering in. http://www.womenpriests.org/no/scriptur/christop.asp
    [http://www.womenpriests.org/no/scriptur/christat.asp]
  5. A PRIESTHOOD FOR ALL
    Through the new baptism he founded, Jesus established a radically new priesthood in which women had equal part.
    http://www.womenpriests.org/pbaptism.asp
    http://www.womenpriests.org/no/scriptur/baptism.asp
  6. PRINCIPLES, NOT PETTY LAWS
    During his short ministry Jesus was not interested in decreeing some small petty laws – like excluding women. He laid down principles as the foundation on which the Kingdom could be built. He left decisions about precise guidelines to the later Church.
    http://www.womenpriests.org/no/scriptur/norm.asp
  7. JESUS SPIRITUAL GROWTH
    Momentous changes were happening to Jesus as he approached the end of his ministry. His spirituality deepened and widened.
    http://www.womenpriests.org/no/scriptur/christgr.asp
  8. "DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME!"
    At the Last Supper Jesus, in principle, empowered women as much as men to preside over the Eucharist.
    http://www.womenpriests.org/no/psupper.asp
    http://www.womenpriests.org/no/scriptur/tunc.asp
    http://www.womenpriests.org/no/scriptur/maguire.asp