Top Ten Reasons to Ordain Women…
- “In Christ Jesus there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave or citizen, male or female. All are one in Christ Jesus.” – Galatians 3:28
- Because women and men are created in God’s image, both may represent Christ as Ministerial Priests.
- In 1976, the Pontifical Biblical Commission determined that there is no biblical reason to prohibit women’s ordination.
- Women have been ordained to the Roman Catholic Ministerial Priesthood (On 28 December 1970 Bishop Felix Davidek ordained Ludmilla Javarova a Ministerial Priest in the underground church of Communist Czechoslovakia).
- Archaeological discoveries provide evidence that women served as deacons, ministerial priests and bishops in early Christianity.
- The Bible includes many passages depicting women as leaders in early Christianity.
- In all four gospels Mary of Magdala was the first witness to the most important event in Christianity – the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
- Women supported Jesus throughout his ministry and were present at the Last Supper as well as at the foot of the cross when the men ran away.
- The Second Vatican Council calls for all discrimination to be eliminated.
- A Ministerial Priest’s job is to serve the people – it is not about gender, marital status or sexual orientation.
With thanks to the Women’s Ordination Conference