Laypeople making their support for ordaining
women deacons known is the first step toward its acceptance, according to Jesuit Fr.
He details three options: (1) ordaining
employed church workers, (2) ordaining
one volunteer leader in many communities, and (3) ordaining
teams of community leaders.
(8) The Presbyterians began ordaining
females elders in 1930 and female clergy in 1956.
Meanwhile, Van Kuiken says he will continue performing same-sex marriage ceremonies and ordaining
openly gay church leaders.
The argument from authority against ordaining
women as priests is actually an argument for ordaining
women as deacons.
The Roman Catholic Women-priests movement affirms the validity of their ordinations based on the "apostolic succession" of their ordaining
(16.) "Some SBC Leaders on Ordaining
Women," The Southern Baptist Journal 5/1 (January 1977): 11.
There are hundreds of other bishops, however, who feel that ordaining
local leaders would be dangerous.
Bishop Malcolm McMahon states his belief that priests should be allowed to marry and then contradicts that statement in the second paragraph by saying, "But they must be married before they are ordained." That's not allowing priests to marry, it's ordaining
Many Catholics, including priests and consecrated persons, also approve of ordaining
women priests, allowing divorced and remarried persons to receive Communion, having General Absolution when it is not allowed, helping older persons to take their own life, changing the Liturgy without permission, and so on.
With the church yet to ordain women, the issue of ordaining
non-celibate homosexuals is difficult to even contemplate, Aung Khin Thein said.
All three groups were ordaining
women at the dawn of the twentieth century and have a significantly higher percentage of women serving as senior pastors today.
Although the bishops discussed the controversies of ordaining
gay priests and blessing gay unions, the Lake Arrowhead, Calif., summit concluded April 4 with no official stand on either issue.
The women priests say many male priests support the movement privately and contend that three bishops in good standing have taken the extraordinary step of ordaining
such candidates to the priesthood would be imprudent and "very risky," said a letter from Cardinal Jorge Medina Estevez, Prefect of the Congregation.