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Female Priests
17-04-2010, 03:18 PM
Post: #13
 
Dear Antony-Paul,

You hit so many nails on the head in your last post that they should all be well embedded.

The argument that the Spirit is guiding us towards womens' ordination would be a great deal more persuasive if the tones were not those of a secular agenda. I agree entirely that importing that language about that sort of equality into the Church is to miss almost as many points as possible.

But it is easy for men to talk this way. One of my female students, an Anglican, was one of the first young women to become a priest in that Church, and she certainly felt a strong sense of being called to serve in that particular way; knowing her well, it was impossible not to be moved by the seriousness with which she approached this; it has been equally impossible not to admire the way she has served in the ministry these last fifteen years or so.

I don't draw any conclusions from that experience, save that it made me think.

Our Lord called only men to be Apostles; I don't know why, nor do I need to know why. All I need to do is to be obedient. But beyond that, I can't see an argument.

There is, of course, the ecumenical angle. The Eastern Orthodox and the RCC hold the same view on the priesthood as we do, so there seems to me to be an onus on those who disagree to explain why a majority of the world's Christians are wrong. Of course the Church is not a democracy, and just because a majority do something that does not mean it is right; but it is another reason to pause before going along with what is, at the moment, essentially a secular argument.


In Christ,

John

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:10)
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Female Priests - trespaser5 - 11-04-2010, 05:51 PM
RE: Female Priests - Cerys Brangwyn - 24-03-2014, 09:05 AM
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[] - admin - 14-04-2010, 07:09 PM
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female priests - kirk yacoub - 17-04-2010, 09:29 AM
[] - Antony-Paul - 17-04-2010, 03:00 PM
[] - John Charmley - 17-04-2010 03:18 PM
[] - Antony-Paul - 17-04-2010, 03:40 PM
[] - John Charmley - 17-04-2010, 08:39 PM
[] - DanielM - 18-04-2010, 02:09 PM
[] - John Charmley - 18-04-2010, 04:46 PM
ADDENDUM - John Charmley - 03-05-2010, 09:09 PM
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Female priests - kirk yacoub - 08-05-2010, 09:26 AM
[] - John Charmley - 08-05-2010, 01:34 PM
[] - DanielM - 25-05-2010, 09:26 PM
[] - Fr Simon - 26-05-2010, 10:16 AM
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