Summary of the two positions
Throughout, I use the term Rome to indicate both the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Holy Father.
Christ set a permanent norm by omitting women from the apostolic team.
* Paul excluded women from teaching and presiding in the Christian assembly.
of the need of the moment Christ did not choose a woman. But he made women, in
principle, equal partners in his priesthood.
* Paul's prohibitions concern only local communities. He taught the equality of women in Christ.
to an unbroken tradition, the Church has never felt that priestly ordination
can be conferred upon women.
not ordained because of wide-spread social and religious prejudices
priests can adequately represent Christ who was a man.
not adequately represented in his priesthood by male priests alone.
cannot extend the priesthood to women.
has the power to ordain women.
This 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.
You are welcome to use our material. However: maintaining this site costs money. We are a Charity and work mainly with volunteers, but we find it difficult to pay our overheads.
Visitors to our website since January 2017.
Pop-up names are online now.
The number is indicative, but incomplete. For full details click on cross icon at bottom right.