The ordination of women belongs to the type of
liable to distortion
by cultural perceptions
Throughout the centuries, the formulation of Christian
doctrine has been influenced by the prevailing culture of the time. Culture
shift has affected even core doctrines such as those regarding the Trinity, the
Incarnation, etc. But the doctrines on the margin have often been
totally hijacked by dominant cultures.
Women were excluded from exercising priestly functions on cultural grounds.
To cap it all, women were held responsible for causing men to sin.
Eve was blamed for seducing Adam, and all women were deemed to suffer the punishment of Gods curse on Eve, namely that she would always be subject to men.
It was cultural prejudices that propped up the exclusion of women from the priestly ministry. Church authorities have simply not woken up to this fact.
- The crumbling of the institutional Church prejudice against women
- Are we caving in to feminist histrionics?!
- Freeing the Feminine
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