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Ordination of Women in the Catholic Church: Unmasking a Cuckoo's Egg Tradition [Paperback]

By J. N. M. Wijngaards (Author) & John Wijngaards (Author)
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John Wijngaards may be the only Roman Catholic priest to have resigned from the priesthood because of the church's refusal to ordain women. A biblical scholar and a popular spiritual writer, he's long been a supporter of women's ordination. He wrote a book championing it in 1977 and the following year he attended the National Women's Ordination Conference in Baltimore, one of the few men to do so. In 1998 he resigned from the priesthood to devote himself full time to the campaign for women's ordination. This book is the result.In this engaging and informative book, the author shows how the church's anti-woman tradition is a veritable cuckoo's egg a spurious import from Greek philosophy that destroys all contrary evidence from scripture and tradition (for instance, the fact that for many centuries women were ordained deacons). Offering a rigorous examination of Rome's arguments, the book includes extracts from key materials and supplies website links to comprehensive documentation, making this the most complete and authoritative resource on the issue.

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Studio: Continuum
Pages   204
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.44" Width: 5.32" Height: 0.63"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 28, 2016
Publisher   Continuum International Publishing Group
ISBN  0826413390  
ISBN13  9780826413390  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! John Wijngaards was ordained in 1959 and received a licentiate of Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute and a doctorate in theology from the Gregorian University in Rome. A missionary in India from 1963 to 1976, he was vicar general of the Mill Hill Missionaries from 1976 to 1982. Since 1982 he's been a lecturer at the Missionary Institute, London, and director of Housetop International Centre for Faith Formation. He is the author of numerous books of popular theology.

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O Joy! A Comprehensive Source for Women's Ordination at Last  Jan 28, 2002
In the last two years, I have done a lot of personal reading, writing & questioning on the subject of women's ordination & the Roman Catholic Ban on such, and worse, that loyal RC's have been told by our Holy Father to drop the subject of 'OW' entirely. This is a deeply disturbing ban to me -- I am a spiritual woman, I am Catholic & I -WANT- to talk about it! John Wijngaards has summarized in one neat package, with detailed references, both theological & personal, why and how women's roles in the dear RC have been limited and lost. That they need to be rediscovered, reclaimed & refreshed -- not to mention enriched & enhanced -- is no mean journey for the world's community of Catholics to embark upon. It's all here -- from the early deaconesses to the late (and very great) Therese of Lisieux. Church history has come to claim as its own the cuckoo's egg of ancient Roman Law that in its heyday also denigrated women. Either women are the spiritual equals of men or they are not; either there is no male and female in G_d or there is; either we are all called to a royal priesthood, or we are all sadly misinterpreting the great love of Jesus the Christ. The flaws in all the supposed theological arguments are carefully laid out & dissected & laid to rest herein. The RC Church cannot have it both ways.

This book is simple, eminently readable, and profoundly moving. I wrote to Hans tonight and told him I would read a few pages, then cry, read a few more, and cry more -- if the book was any longer, I don't know how I would survive it. It is not strident, but clear & respectful & authoritative, with lots of sources & resources. If you are beginning a search on this topic, or on a long personal journey of understanding how G_d is calling you, THIS is a good book. If you are already of a mind that reform in the RC priesthood is good & necessary, here are all the talking points in one straightforward package. If you are wondering what the fuss is about and why can't these women just go off to a nunnery somewhere, well, YOU are called to examine your true faith: the women can't go off somewhere else -- we are all in the body of Christ. We are all loved by G_d -- and this is a work of love by John Wijngaards.


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