Women Priests
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(04-02-2014, 11:12 AM)Vox Clamantis Wrote:
(04-02-2014, 10:38 AM)Chestertonian Wrote:
(04-02-2014, 06:44 AM)jovan66102 Wrote:
(04-01-2014, 11:17 PM)spasiisochrani Wrote: This is nonsense, based on the fact that (1) the ceremonies involving the making of an abbess, canoness or nun were sometimes referred to as "ordination", (2) there were once such persons as "deaconesses", whose job was to assist at the baptism of adult women for the sake of propriety, and (3) there were women called "episcopae" and "presbyterae".  The reason for this is simple, as anyone knows who has any contact with Greek Christians.  The Greek priest is called "presbyter", and the "presbytera" is his wife.

Spasi, background please, since to my understanding Bishops have always been celibate.

Bishops were originally allowed to marry...more specifically, married men were allowed to be ordained bishops, so their wives would have been "episcopae."  I believe many of the apostles were married and St. Paul said in his letter to Timothy that a bishop "must be blameless, the husband of one wife."  I'm not sure when celibacy was required of bishops but it was later on.

My understanding is that priests and Bishops were allowed to be married, not get married (IOW, a married man might be called to ordination), but that after ordination, were expected to be sexually continent.

Wow... so if the wife got pregnant that would have been scandalous?  No wonder they got rid of that custom.
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Women Priests - by divinesilence80 - 04-01-2014, 10:30 PM
Re: Women Priests - by VoxClamantis - 04-01-2014, 10:49 PM
Re: Women Priests - by spasiisochrani - 04-01-2014, 11:17 PM
Re: Women Priests - by Militaris Christi - 04-02-2014, 03:30 AM
Re: Women Priests - by jovan66102 - 04-02-2014, 06:44 AM
Re: Women Priests - by divinesilence80 - 04-02-2014, 07:54 AM
Re: Women Priests - by CaptCrunch73 - 04-02-2014, 10:36 AM
Re: Women Priests - by Chestertonian - 04-02-2014, 10:38 AM
Re: Women Priests - by VoxClamantis - 04-02-2014, 11:12 AM
Re: Women Priests - by Chestertonian - 04-02-2014, 01:10 PM
Re: Women Priests - by divinesilence80 - 04-02-2014, 04:30 PM
Re: Women Priests - by divinesilence80 - 04-06-2014, 09:14 PM
Re: Women Priests - by Chestertonian - 04-06-2014, 09:27 PM
Re: Women Priests - by Heorot - 04-06-2014, 09:49 PM
Re: Women Priests - by divinesilence80 - 04-07-2014, 04:21 PM
Re: Women Priests - by lumine - 04-07-2014, 04:29 PM
Re: Women Priests - by Chestertonian - 04-07-2014, 04:35 PM
Re: Women Priests - by saintandrew4life - 04-07-2014, 05:54 PM
Re: Women Priests - by jovan66102 - 04-12-2014, 02:58 AM
Re: Women Priests - by divinesilence80 - 04-12-2014, 12:13 PM
Re: Women Priests - by bkovacs - 04-15-2014, 12:08 AM
Re: Women Priests - by divinesilence80 - 04-15-2014, 12:27 AM



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