Some see ordaining
women as deacons as a slippery slope to ordaining
women as priests.
He adds that in 1971 at the World Synod of Bishops approximately 45% of the delegated bishops voted in favor of ordaining
I want my work to live on after me and that is why I am ordaining
4 million-member denomination has no law to prevent a bishop from ordaining
homosexuals as deacons or priests.
Theologian Elisabeth Schussler Fio-renza reported that when she was a student some decades ago, her professor, a certain Joseph Ratzinger, was confronted with the reality that nothing stands in the way of ordaining
women priests in Roman Catholicism but custom or tradition.
I simply say ordaining
women as priests is just not the teaching of our church.
On the issue of non-celibate gay bishops, he said it is "not unreasonable to seek for a very much wider and deeper consensus before any change is in view, let alone foreclosing the debate by ordaining
someone, whatever his personal merits, who was in a practising gay partnership.
Forty years later a bishop sent in a question about ordaining
homosexuals to the Congregation for the Clergy.
Perhaps as many as 200 to 300 female deacons were ordained, but the Methodists, the two Presbyterian bodies, and the American Baptists ordained significantly more women to the office of deacon, and the Episcopalian church was ordaining
women to be elders or priests.
They demanded that he be charged for marrying homosexuals and ordaining
"unrepentant" sexually active gays and lesbians as church leaders.
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The bishop was also accused of violating his own ordination vows by ordaining
a gay man as a deacon.
They in turn are ordaining
more women (and some men).
There are hundreds of other bishops, however, who feel that ordaining
local leaders would be dangerous.
Priscilla's catacomb, there is a fresco depicting a bishop ordaining
a woman priest, a woman deacon with hands uplifted, and Mary, mother of Jesus, who is seated in a bishop's chair and dressed in bishop's vestments.