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Title: Ordination of Women in the Catholic Church: Unmasking a Cuckoo's Egg Tradition
Author: Wijngaards, John
Publisher: Continuum International Pub Inc; Publication Date: 2001
Paperback; ISBN: 9780826413390
Volumes: 1; Pages: 208
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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.
Table of Contents
Pt. I Setting the Scene
1 The Discovery
2 Papal Teaching on Slavery
3 A Time for Speaking
4 The Focus of This Book
Pt. II Claim and Counter-claim
5 The Mismatch in Vision
6 The Assessment of Believers
7 Naming the Culprit
Pt. III Cross-examining the Evidence
8 The Arguments Found in 'Tradition'
9 Not Created in God's Image?
10 Not Allowed to Teach?
11 Carrying the Burden of Eve's Sin?
12 Deliberately Left Out by Jesus Christ?
13 Not Human Enough to Represent Christ?
14 Not Man Enough to Represent the 'Groom'?
15 Verdict on the Presumed 'Tradition'
Pt. IV Picking Up the Pieces
16 Genuine Tradition
17 Nine Centuries of Women Deacons
18 The Reality of Women Deacons
19 The Devotion to Mary as Priest
20 Women with a Priestly Vocation
21 Unmasking the Intruder
22 The Way Forward
App.: Sources of Official Texts