ordained women

This date may not be as much of an attention grabber as Veterans Day, yet it holds great significance for women's rights as equal rights to males in the female clergy arena. On November 11th, 1992 , The Church of England passed a vote (by a margin of 2 votes) to allow women to be ordained as priests. The Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury (Dr. George Carey) at the time supported the vote.

The issue of female ordination has often been contentious, divisive, and fearfully discussed. It is in itself an ongoing outcry either for or against. Some think of it as a consistently smeared women's right. A more recent example of the outcry is with the Catholic Church equating the ordination of women as a grave crime, on the same page as priest pedophiles. The "crime" is not punished like the pedophile crime. Women ordained are excommunicated from the Catholic Church; they are accused of violating sacramental law. Priest pedophiles are given long times for thorough investigations, and rarely excommunicated for their violations. It appears to resemble misogyny for some.

Along those same lines, there are biblical basis used both by those opposing women ordination and those who approve. Some of the biblical text to oppose are: Galatians 3:26 -29, Colossians 3, and Corinthians 11:2-16. I don't pretend to understand the opposing interpretations, as they seem to go either way as I read them, so know that they are cited as opposing, and that is how I am informing. Those for ordination are: Luke 8:1-3, 10:38-41, Mark 15:40,41, and Ephesians 4:11, 12. Basically, discipleship, and distinction of gender gets tossed about in these references. Of course, it all depends on the subjection of whichever bible is referred to, and if the religion considers the bible to be it's authority.

Semantics also play a role in the discussion. The term "ordination" is generally considered a consecration. That is where one is usually ceremoniously inducted to be able to administer a sacred rite. A person administering priestly duties, or those duties of a bishop. Another definition is just the acceptance of pastoral work. The latter strikes as being simpler, and clearer, minus the secrecy that administering a sacred rite sometimes implies.

Orthodox Judaism doesn't allow for female rabbis yet all other types do. The Lutheran Church in America ordained a woman pastor in 1970. The Episcopal Church in the U.S.A. ordains women as priests and bishops. Some religions don't ordain much - Muslims have an Imam who serves as the spiritual leader and religious authority, always a male, but not formally ordained. Hinduism ordains women as priests and gurus. Many religions allow for a unisex pastorale, and that is why the Church of England's November 11th, 1992 historic vote has shined some light on the evergreen rights of women.

Most noticed have been the Catholic women who have formed groups for female priests, and bishops, and been excommunicated for doing so. The Catholic Church only allows baptized males to be ordained. One group is Roman Catholic Women Priests, and they reject their excommunication from the Vatican charge. They have priests, bishops, and deacons serving in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Their mission statement is "A new model of ordained ministry in a renewed Catholic church."