Did Christ rule out women priests?

John Wijngaards, mhm

  1. About the Author
  2. Contents

This booklet, ISBN 0 85597 204 1, last published in 1986 by McCrimmon Publishing Co. Ltd. of 10-12 High Street, Great Wakering, Essex, England, has been out of print for some years. Accordingly the author has agreed to make it available on the World Wide Web, through the medium of BASIC's website, July 1997.

About the Author

FATHER JOHN WIJNGAARDS is a theologian, scripture scholar and missionary with wide academic, pastoral and administrative experience. He is at present director of Housetop Centre, London.

For thirteen years he taught scripture and pastoral formation in the Interdiocesan Seminary at Hyderabad (India). He established an adult religious education centre working through publications, courses and radio programmes throughout India. He was a member of the National Advisory Council of the episcopal conference of India and secretary of the pastoral planning commission for the dioceses of Andhra Pradesh. In 1976 he was elected Vicar General of the Mill Hill Fathers, a function he held until 1982.

In this book John Wijngaards examines the topical question of the ordination of women. He presents his findings with ease and fluency for the general reader.

With the care and precision of a theologian, he bases his analysis on the teaching, statements and thinking of Jesus as found in the New Testament. He has, in this book, done the hard thinking that must be the ground-work of any discussion on the possible ordination of women to the priesthood.


CONTENTS

FOREWORD
1 WHY CONTINUE THE DEBATE?
Conflict with the Holy Father
Storm around a Scripture verse
The theology of slavery
2 WHAT DOES ROME SAY?
Things that Rome does not say
3 WHY WERE MEN CONSIDERED SUPERIOR?
The genetic basis of sexual roles
Woman-centred societies
Domination by man
Social myths
Social myth and religion
4 DID CHRIST CONFORM TO SOCIAL MYTH?
Scrutiny of the Roman arguments
Jesus and the Jewish image of a 'father'
The roles of husband and wife in Jesus' examples
Jesus and Jewish biological notions
Women and worship
Conclusion: Jesus had to conform
5 WHAT DOES SCRIPTURE PROVE?
Scripture proofs for slavery
Recognising social myth: the dawn of light
Theologians come to their senses
6 WOULD PAUL NOT RAISE HIS EYEBROWS?
God thirsting for blood?
Wearing a veil
Speaking in the assembly
Bound up with creation?
7 THE IMPLICATIONS OF CHRIST'S PRIESTHOOD
A priesthood without 'sacred' realities
A priesthood in which all share
A priesthood of love
8 A VISION OF THINGS TO COME IN LUKE'S GOSPEL
Mary of Magdala
No room for the Church?
The Church and the Spirit
Ministry and the Spirit
Focus on women in Luke's Gospel
A future ministry of women
Our Lady's Apostolate
Conclusion
9 THE THEOLOGICAL DEBATE GOES ON
Human sexuality
Male 'headship' and feminism
The masculine image of Christ
The nature of the priesthood
The question of equal rights
NOTES

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