GenderHandout09 - Rel 261/Gregory Gender Feminism and...

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Rel. 261/Gregory Gender, Feminism, and Christianity Ordination “There is little doubt that for many liberals—especially for many liberal Catholics—the Church’s hierarchical character and its refusal to admit women into the priesthood indicates a reluctance to recognize such fundamentally liberal ideals as equality, democracy, and freedom.” (Alan Wolfe) “The Lord Jesus chose men to form the college of the twelve apostles, and the apostle did the same when they chose collaborators to succeed them….The Church recognizes herself to be bound by this choice made by the Lord himself. For this reason the ordination of women is not possible.” ( Catholic Catechism ) “Women’s dignity has often been unacknowledged and their prerogatives misrepresented; they have often been relegated to the margins of society and even reduced to servitude. This has prevented women from truly being themselves and it has resulted in a spiritual impoverishment of humanity…When it come to setting women free from every kind of exploitation and domination,
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