Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Women’s Ordination and Lay Women

Like, most of my good readers, I’ve long been aware of the damage women’s ordination has done to the church. (And, for the record, I object to how it has been pushed on the church more than the existence of WO itself.)

What I was not aware of is how women’s ordination has diminished laywomen ministers, particularly in the Episcopal Church. From a laywoman in TEC:

What we found offensive was the complete lack of respect for our own work and vocation on the part of the women who sought ordination and were committed to their own vocations as ordained ministers. Moreover, once ordination became available for women, most of us were no longer able to work in the church. The church’s clericalism saw to that.

Christopher Johnson has more.

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