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.
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