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Did Jesus Violate Women’s Rights?: The Male Priesthood and the Justice of Christ
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.
2017 (English)In: Angelicum, ISSN 1123-5772, Vol. 94, no 4, p. 799-828Article in journal (Refereed) In press
Abstract [en]

A commonly heard claim is that the Catholic Church’s non-admission of women to the priesthood is unjust. But what about the behavior of Christ, who selected only men when he constituted the group of the Twelve? Did Christ thereby violate justice? Most proponents of female ordination deny that he did. Typically, they argue that it would have been practically impossible – that is, extremely imprudent – for Christ to appoint women as religious leaders in a first century Jewish context. I argue that this defense of Christ’s behavior fails. If women objectively have a right to be considered for all religious leadership positions (as advocates of female ordination typically claim), then no prudential reasons can make it morally acceptable to deny them this right. It is equally problematic to defend Christ’s non-selection of women by appealing to his presumed ignorance of women’s rights, or by arguing that the moral norms were objectively different in his day. After having considered and rejected a number of suggested or conceivable ways to exonerate Christ without at the same time exonerating the Church, I conclude that there is no fundamental moral difference between Christ’s non-admission of women to the Twelve and the Church’s non-admission of women to the priesthood. Hence, if the Church violates gender justice, then so did Christ. Since the idea that Christ violated justice is very difficult to square with the Christian faith, I conclude that Christians cannot reasonably believe that the Church’s non-admission of women to the priesthood is unjust.

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Rome, 2017. Vol. 94, no 4, p. 799-828
Keywords [en]
Women priests, female ordination, the Twelve, justice, Catholic Church
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Religious Studies
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Studies In Faiths and Ideologies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-146696OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-146696DiVA, id: diva2:1198521
Available from: 2018-04-17 Created: 2018-04-17 Last updated: 2018-06-09

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