Why we challenge the Teaching Authority

Why we dare challenge the Teaching Authority

regarding the exclusion of women from Holy Orders

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Culture Shift

The ordination of women belongs to the type of ‘doctrine’ liable to distortion by cultural perceptions.

  “Why should we cave in to feminist histrionics?!”

The Facts

The theological reasons for excluding women from holy orders contradict Scripture, Tradition and Theology.


“Surely Rome has declared this to be Infallible Teaching?!”


Lessons from History

The teaching authority has made many serious mistakes in similar cases of presumed ‘doctrine’.

  “If you talk like that, how will we ever trust the teaching authority again?!”

See ‘Papal Power’ by Paul Collins


True Loyalty

Theologians and the faithful have a duty in conscience to voice their disagreement with the defence of unfounded ‘doctrine’.

    “Then what about blind obedience?!”

Sense of Faith

As carriers of inerrancy the faithful reject the exclusion of women from the sacred ministries.

  “You are undermining the authority of the hierarchy!”
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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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