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A Time line of women in Christian Tradition
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Paul endorsed the fundamental equality in Christ of women and men.
Women took part in the Church's apostolate.
Paul asked women to wear a veil in the assembly to forestall cultural clashes.

2. The Tasks of Women Deacons

General Introduction to Women Deacons

3. Church Councils on Women Deacons

‘Women Deacons in the Orthodox Church’

4. History of Women Deacons

  The Sacramental Ordination of Women Deacons


Note: For a ‘tradition’ to be valid , it needs to be scriptural, informed and dynamic. At times, the true Tradition is ‘latent’.

{short description of image}  The practice of not ordaining women in the Church was neither scriptural nor informed because of a threefold prejudiceamong Church leaders who considered women : The Fathers of the Church rarely spoke about the ordination of women. Those who did were influenced by their own prejudices about women.   {short description of image} The same applies to early ‘Church Orders’   {short description of image} Church Law has incorporated the social and religious prejudices against women, from its earliest codification until now.   {short description of image}The medieval theologians excluded women from the priesthood on obviously invalid social and philosophical grounds.    {short description of image}        {short description of image}        

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