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The Church has considered the question of the priestly ordination of women for nearly 40 years. The more recent, and more authoritative, pronouncement on the matter is in Ordinatio Sacerdotalis, an Apostolic Letter of Pope St. John Paul II, published in 1994. In this letter, the Pope concluded that in order that all doubt may be removed regarding a ...


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The Catholic Church's answer to a woman or women claiming that God has called them to the Priesthood is "You're mistaken; you didn't hear the call right". The church bases this argument on the fact that the historical Jesus was male, and that there is no reference in the Bible to Jesus having called any women to be an apostle.


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Whether the women "heard God correctly" is largely irrelevant. The Church simply doesn't have the authority to ordain women. For more information, see Women and the Priesthood. My intuition is that "The Church" wouldn't claim, on any case-by-case basis, whether or how God was speaking to "a woman called to the priesthood." An individual spiritual advisor ...


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I submit that there may be a practical reason for the sing-songy voice, and I have tested the reason myself, with the help of a friend. First, I read a passage from Scripture in a normal speaking voice, at normal volume, from the lectern in a large, "traditionally" furnished Episcopal church, and had my friend move back in the nave as I was speaking until ...


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I'm an Anglican vicar. While studying at theological college, every year there was an open event for former students. And every year, you could tell how long they'd been in the wild fairly accurately by whether they had "the voice." Where does it come from? I can think of three plausible reasons. First, lots of big churches have small congregations, who ...



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