Month: September 2011

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The Dog That Didn’t Bark: Eucharistic Theology in the Early Church

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In the Sherlock Holmes story “Silver Blaze,” involving the disappearance of a thoroughbred racehorse, Holmes points out a major clue: Gregory (Scotland Yard detective): “Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention?” Holmes: “To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.” Gregory: “The dog did nothing in […]

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Does the Council of Nicea Reject Women’s Ordination to the Diaconate?

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In yesterday’s post, I said that Canon 19 of the First Council of Nicea “ended any controversy” over whether or not women could be sacramentally ordained to the diaconate. In the comments, a few people protested that the broader context of the canon made it seem that the problem wasn’t that the would-be ordained were […]

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Can the Catholic Church Ordain Female Deacons?

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I explained last week the basic reasons that the Catholic Church can’t ordain female priests.  In response, Tess asks, Joe, what are the Catholic Church’s reasons for not allowing women to be permanent deaconesses? Deaconesses seem much more justifiable both scripturally and by early Tradition. Are different arguments used against them, or the same (ie that the Twelve were […]

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Why Can’t the Catholic Church Ordain Women?

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There’s been a lively discussion in the comments here amongst Anglican and Catholic readers.  One of the Anglicans, TJH, offered eight reasons why his church ordains women: (1)Male and female are created in God’s image – both men and women can image God’s love and beauty; (2)The Blessed Virgin Mary conceived Jesus in her womb and the […]

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What Impact Does Catholic Teaching Have on AIDS in Africa?

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Polly Toynbee of the Guardian has leveled one of the most serious (and irresponsible) charges against the Catholic Church: that She’s to blame for millions of dead Africans. In a 2005 article for the Guardian, she wrote: How dare Tony Blair genuflect on our behalf before the corpse of a man whose edicts killed millions? […]

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