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

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?

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?

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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“Female Catholic Deacon” Comes Home to the Church

Rutgers University is planning on hosting an event in which it claims that a woman named Patricia Fresen is a Roman Catholic bishop.  Seriously: “Roman Catholic Bishop Patricia Fresen, one of only three ordained female bishops in the world,” will lecture at the university at 12:20 p.m. April 15, according to a Rutgers news release. […]

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