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Introduction to Key Point Presentation Mode
Seven Reasons Why
baptised for priesthood
empowered to preside
liberated from prejudice
ordained as deacons
affirmed in latent tradition
supported by Sister Churches
called by the Holy Spirit
Why we dare challenge the Teaching Authority
Culture Shift
The Facts
Lessons from History
True Loyalty
The Sense of Faith
Countering Critics
Did Jesus ban women?
Did Paul forbid them to teach?
Were women never ordained?
Can women not represent Christ?
Is priesthood against women’s nature?
Is Rome’s decision final?

Arguments for and against women priests
Summary (for and against)
Scripture (for and against)
Overview Scripture documents
Tradition (for and against)
survey of records on Tradition
ancient prejudice
women deacons (1st – 9th cent)
devotion to Mary Priest
devotion to St. Mary Magdalen
Theology (for and against)
women can represent Christ
women are called to the priesthood
the value of the human body
the example of other Christian Churches
Teaching Authority (for and against)
theologians who reject Rome’s claim
the duty of speaking out
why I have to challenge Rome
mistakes and errors by Popes

Archives of Documents on this site
Contemporary theologians
academic texts
journalistic texts
classic texts (1960-1980)
Fathers of the Church
Church councils and local synods (200-1000)
Medieval theologians (1100-1500)
Post-medieval theologians (1500-1900)
Church law (1100 – now)
Rome’s documents against women priests
Ancient Latin Texts
Relevant texts of recent Church Councils

Rules of Interpretation
the ‘literal’ sense
literary forms
intended scope
scriptural Tradition
latent Tradition
informed Tradition
dynamic Tradition
Teaching authority

Special Features
Picture Meditations on Mary of Magdala
Poem & Art Meditations on the New Woman List of ordained women in history
Reconstructing the rite of ordaining women deacons
Picture Galleries
Picture Gallery of Mary Priest
Picture Gallery of Women and the Eucharist in ancient Christ art
Picture Gallery on Eve and the Fall
Picture Gallery of ordained women
Picture Gallery on the New Woman
Picture Gallery of ordaining women deacons (1)
Picture Gallery of ordaining women deacons (2)

Focus on Particular Issues
Body, Sex and Gender
Nakedness in Christian theology & culture
Questions on Sexuality
The Duty of Speaking Out
The Teaching Authority – FAQ
Reform of the Ministries
Meditation and Prayer

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On-line course on the women priests issue
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Information regarding this website
Why I have to speak out
Visitors to the site
How you can help us
Responses we received
Books reviewed on our site
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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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