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A History of Women and Ordination


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Chapter 1 Gratian's Decretum as Source for Sex Discrimination in the Priesthood Chapter 2 Subsequent Influence of Gratian's Decretum on the place of Women in the Church Chapter 3 Decretals as Source for Sex Discrimination in the Priesthood Chapter 4 Summary of the Most Significant Conclusions Chapter 5 Exegetical Excursus on the (Patristic) Scriptural Proof for the Subordination of Women Chapter 6 The Traditional Conception of the Priesthood: An Argument for the Exclusion of Women Chapter 7 Equal Rights for Women in the Church Today: A Requirement of Justice and the Condition for Their Full Development and Cooperation

About the Author

Bernard Cooke is a prominent U.S. theologian who has served as president of both the College Theology Society and the Catholic Theological Society of America, receiving from the latter its John Courtney Murray Award. Gary Macy is a professor of religious studies at the University of San Diego.


Ida Raming's book sheds much light on the canonical roots of the Roman Catholic stance against the ordination of women. For this reason it is a useful work. Its bibliographies and appendixes will assist anyone looking to better understand the current push toward the priesthood of women. * Doxology *
...a tour de force for the women's ordination movement...a must-read...for anyone who wants to thoroughly understand the church's teachings on women and priesthood, this is a critical resource....clear and precise... * New Women, New Church *
This English edition, edited and translated by Bernard Cooke and Gary Macy, lays out Dr. Raming's argument for why Canon Law 1024, which prohibits the ordination of women, stands in contradiction to Vatican II. The bibliographic resources are valuable for exploring ordination as such even as the discourse has moved on to feminist approaches to ministry. * Waterwheel *

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