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The Papal No: The Vatican's Refusal to Ordain Women [Paperback]

By Deborah Halter (Author)
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This book is the first to provide two important resources on the Vatican's refusal to ordain women.

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A Catholic Press Association Award-winner, "The Papal "No"" is a unique book in contemporary literature concerning the Roman Catholic Church's increasingly controversial exclusion of women from priesthood.

Requiring no background knowledge and written in clear and accessible language, "The Papal "No"" assembles virtually all the major Vatican documents on women's ordination, exploring responses to them by theologians, educators, bishops, lay Catholic groups, and others. Along the way, it offers explanations of concepts such as "reception" and "subordinationism" that are unfamiliar to many readers.

With an appendix of twelve key documents numbered for easy reference, helpful glossary, and endnotes for scholars, The Papal "No" is the most complete resource ever to appear on one of the most pressing issues in the Catholic Church today.

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Studio: Crossroad General Interest
Pages   300
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.3" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.88"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2004
Publisher   Crossroad General Interest
Edition  New  
ISBN  0824522710  
ISBN13  9780824522711  

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Courageous and Important  Aug 14, 2007
For Catholics who are interested, this is a vitally important book. The subject of women in ministry can be baffling and extremely frustrating. This provides a truly comprehensive history of "what has happened" in the church regarding the issue of the ordination of women to the priesthood -- with rich documentation and wonderfully clear explanations of theological language and theological pronouncements. The attempt to clarify theological issues for the lay reader is a noble and successful endeavor. The book has a point of view. For those of us who think this is a tragic story, it is a very valuable point of view. I would like to add that the story is not finished. As a student of history, I hope that it will not always be a tragic story. Regardless of what is to come, this is an invaluable record of what has already taken place. I deeply admire the courage displayed by this author in taking on this subject. I'm grateful to her for what she has accomplished here. [...]
Great Book!!  Aug 7, 2007
This is by far one of the best books I have read on the subject of Women's Ordination. It is comprehensive and really explains just what is being said in some of the Vatican's wordy and circular writings. Deborah Halter just says is straight -women are being subordinated by being barred from the priesthood and this is a disservice to all Catholics. She proves her case brilliantly, yet her writing is easy enough for anyone to understand. As a cradle Catholic, she taught me a few things about my church's views on women that make me shake my head. I always knew that the ban on women's ordination was not right, but wasn't sure how to explain why. She has educated me about the traditional arguments that the church is using to discriminate against women. I am grateful that there are others out there that care about our chruch and want to change it for the better.
Wrong!!!!  Jan 13, 2007
Its really amazing that books like this are still being written. Its like hearing people talk about what kind of 8 track player they should buy. Halter and her kind have seen their day (the 70's) and the Church has moved on. Women can't be priests! Just like men can't have babies! Its impossible and to ordain a woman and to try would be an abomination. It would be like artificially inseminating a man. You could go through the motions but it won't take. I man won't get pregnant and a woman won't become a priest. Men are ordained to spritual fatherhood, (a woman can't be a spiritual father), to stand in the person of Christ as the bridegroom (a woman can't be a groom) as one who begets (a woman can't beget) and "Image" the Father. I woman can't "image" the Father. Peter Kreeft says it best in his book on Woman in the Priesthood that to have "priestesses" in the church would signify to all women that they are spiritual lesbians instead of brides. Halter needs to get out of the 70's. You guys lost. They need to encourage young men to be priests. Molly Kelly said it best when she said, "Women don't need to be priests, they need to make priests".
Excellent scholarship  Jun 23, 2006
The level of research and scholarship in this volume is impressive to the point of stellar. Halter has painstakingly documented every church teaching related to the question of women's ordination, and she has included the original documents all in one appendix. This book is a scholar's goldmine, but it is also a fascinating read for anyone interested in the crucial issue of women priests.
Gutsy History of Women in the Catholic Church  Dec 5, 2005
The Papal No: A Comprehensive Guide to the Vatican's Rejection of Women's Ordination" by Deborah Halter is a gutsy book, exceptionally well-researched and beautifully written. In it Halter recounts the history of women's roles in the Catholic church, throwing into sharp relief the dramatically different attitudes held by the Church toward women and men. Women are still seen as docile beings defined by their relationships to men. Despite the Church's recent claims of women's dignity, the idea that Jesus (and the apostles after him) did not "choose" women for leadership office persists in various guises into the present day and continues to undergird the Church's refusal to ordain women. And while most of us tend to think of the Church's position concerning lay women and nuns as historically monolithic, the author reveals fascinating examples of women who have successfully taken on much larger, more priestly roles, sometimes under perilous conditions. I enjoyed seeing the ironic paradoxes in the Church's position over time. And, I liked reading a charming narrative interlaced throughout the book about the life of St. Therese of Lisieux, a Carmelite nun in 19th Century France, who never lost her fierce desire to become a priest. "The Papal No" makes a powerful statement about a contemporary problem that is unlikely to just go away, even though the patriarchal Catholic Church would surely like it to. This compelling book is suitable for anyone--male or female, Catholic or not, teenager or adult--who rejects the notion that women's God-given gifts and calling to ministry should be limited by a church controlled by a hierachy of powerful men who have yet to recognize women as equals.

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