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What is seen to actually occur if a female were to be the subject of laying on of the hands in ordinations, according to the Catholic Church? The short answer is nothing. The woman in question is not ordained, even after going through the motions of an ordination. Pope John Paul II in his Apostolic Letter Ordinatio Sacerdotalis is very clear on the ...


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Short answer: Jesus did not ordain women. Long Answer: It is because of Christ's example in sacred scripture and because of Apostolic Tradition (Tradition with a capital 'T'). The Church does not consider herself authorized to change this. Christ could have ordained women to priesthood. He had the power to do that and he chose not to. Christ chose those ...


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The reason that the Church does not ordain women as deacons is similar to that for not ordaining women as priests. (There is a separate question answering that.) In essence, the answer is that the Church only has the power to act with those powers and abilities that Jesus has entrusted to it; it has no capacity do otherwise. For example, Jesus gave priests ...


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To my mind, there is a similar question to that of "re-baptism". If someone who is already baptised undergoes the baptism ceremony a second time, it doesn't have an effect. As a priest of mine once said about a friend of mine who had joined a Baptist church: "He didn't get rebaptised: he just got wet." The phrase in the Canons is: Every person not yet ...


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There's really nothing comparable between the two issues: no one thinks that being a woman is sinful, but many Christian denominations think that all sex outside of heterosexual marriage is sinful. When we look the passages which give the criteria for church leaders such as 1 Timothy 3 we see several distinct criteria: being above reproach a husband of one ...


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Every sacrament requires the proper matter and form. For example, baptism needs water and the form "I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen." The sacrament of Holy Communion requires unleavened bread and the form "This is my body… etc." The same goes for the sacrament of Holy Orders, whose matter is a male. One ...


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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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(Full disclosure, I am an Anglican / Episcopalian. I am 100% behind a very, very strong view of Scriptural authority, though I believe in the case of female priests, the old interpretation is not really in line with what Paul or God wrote. As such, I think it's totally okay to have a female priest- but for Scriptural reasons. ) 1. There is a scriptural case ...


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Ordination of women in the Anglican Communion (Wikipedia) The Anglican church has different ordination guidelines in different countries, and often the parishes are allowed to make the decision for or against provided they give sufficient argument and evidence. For example, although CofE as a rule accepts ordaining women, here is a case where it was ...


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Genesis 1:27: וַיִּבְרָ֨א אֱלֹהִ֤ים אֶתהָֽאָדָם֙ בְּצַלְמ֔וֹ בְּצֶ֥לֶם אֱלֹהִ֖ים בָּרָ֣א אֹת֑וֹ זָכָ֥ר וּנְקֵבָ֖ה בָּרָ֣א אֹתָֽם׃ καὶ ἐποίησεν ὁ θεὸς τὸν ἄνθρωπον κατ’ εἰκόνα θεοῦ ἐποίησεν αὐτόν ἄρσεν καὶ θῆλυ ἐποίησεν αὐτούς et creavit Deus hominem ad imaginem suam ad imaginem Dei creavit illum masculum et feminam creavit eos So God ...


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This answer builds upon and expands upon Jayarathina's answer The following article does not include the reality though that Jayarathina brought up. This reality is that priestesses were common amongst the Pagan world, so for Christ to not have done so, it gives even more reason for why the Catholic Church does not ordain women (it is simply following the ...


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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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Whatever the RLDS Church's actual motivations, the 1984 decision to ordain women didn't exactly come out of nowhere, according to the Encyclopedia of Mormonism's entry on the RLDS Church: Section 156:9-10 meant that the church would now move ahead with women's ordinations, a breakthrough foreshadowed by events dating back to 1970. Local pastors had been ...


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What do these three verses say about the position of Women in the congregation? Romans 16:1 I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea: servant = diakonos = one who does errands or serves. 1 Timothy 3:12 Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. ...


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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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Can. 1024 A baptized male alone receives sacred ordination validly. The Code of Canon Law makes it clear that only a male can be ordained validly. This is teaching of the Church going back centuries and most recently outlined by Pope John Paul II in Ordinatio Sacerdotalis The priesthood being only for men doesn't mean women have no role. Not all men are ...


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No, not in "any Christian denomination" in the U.K. Only in some Christian denominations. For example: Anglican Church (Church of England) who have female priests and bishops Church of Scotland Episcopal Church The first woman to be ordained as a minister in the Church of Scotland was the Revd Catherine McConnachie by the Presbytery of Aberdeen in ...


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The question assumes the woman is just a 'copy and pasted' man, or interchangeable with man, whereas when God took woman out of man, He didn't intend for equality or sameness, because he made a physically and mentally different creature, designed to be compatible with, complete, and be completed by, the man. We are both created in the image of God - high, ...


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The Free Methodist Church has a long history of ordaining women; in fact women were pastoring Free Methodist churches before they had the right to vote in the United States. The head pastor of my own congregation from 1915-1916 was one Rev. Laura Lamb. In 1891 B.T. Roberts, one of the denomination's founders, wrote an exhaustive analysis in which he ...


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Respectfully every Utah Church member I have met has significant misconceptions about the Community of Christ (RLDS). Throughout Reörganized Church history there has been some level of expectation that women would share in Priesthood ministry. Joseph Smith Jr. gave some indications of his wife Emma being called to PH. Emma was instrumental in the ...


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