Local Catholic Leader and Women in the RCC

Inside of the Roman Catholic Church in Újkér
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In calling only men as his apostles, Christ acted freely, emphasizing the dignity and the vocation of women, unafraid to challenge the prevailing customs and laws of the day.

via Msgr. P. Edward Sadie: Women and the Catholic Church  – Op-Ed Commentaries – The Charleston Gazette – West Virginia News and Sports –.

This is the standard line, of course, but overall the article is a pretty good one about the role of women in the Roman Catholic Church.

I have maintained for a while now that while I disagree with this position, it is logical and follows a pattern. It is not just about ‘women are second class.’

Anyway, thought some of you could use a read of it.

Or three.

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Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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  1. Except the logic breaks down at the beginning…”These religious leaders did away with both the notion of “sacrifice” and of priests whose primary function is to offer sacrifice”. So the primary function of the current priests is still, I guess, “sacrifice”. They provided it in quotation marks, because, perhaps, they don’t quite know what sacrifice they are talking about. I assume they mean the sacrament? But Protestants have the sacrament. Guess I just don’t follow the logic. On another point, if nuns, and priests for that matter, are so important, why are they so hard to recruit. Numbers are almost non-existent in nuns, compared with the old days (like 50 years ago). Nuns, and women as heads of hospitals, are apples and oranges. Can’t use the fact that there are more women in careers as a basis for not ordaining women as priests. It does not follow.

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