WOMEN, THE VATICAN, AND HOPE FOR THE FUTURE: AN ECUMENICAL QUAGMIRE

Clint Le Bruyns

Abstract


The prevailing position against women’s ordination to the ministerial priesthood in
the Roman Catholic Church presents itself as an ongoing ecumenical dilemma
within and beyond its ecclesial borders. This paper provides an overview of the
‘official’ position of Rome in teaching and defending the church’s view against the
ordination of women, even in the midst of great dissent among its members. Then it
proceeds to lay a basic foundation for legitimately and respectfully offering an
ecumenical contribution. Finally it considers several challenges that confront the
ecumenical community in engaging an ecumenical response.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/86-0-953

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