The Hidden History of Women's Ordination: Female Clergy in the Medieval West
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The Hidden History of Women's Ordination: Female Clergy in the Medieval West

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The Roman Catholic leadership still refuses to ordain women officially or even to recognize that women are capable of ordination. But is the widely held assumption that women have always been excluded from such roles historically accurate?
In the early centuries of Christianity, ordination was the process and the ceremony by which one moved to any new ministry (ordo) in th...more
Hardcover, 260 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published October 31st 2007)
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From the age of 5 to 16, I was educated by nuns of the Brigidine Order—an order founded in the memory of St Brigid of Kildare. A large section of our religious education revolved around learning stories of her life and deeds—yet in more than a decade of sitting in classrooms universally adorned with St Brigid's crosses, we were never once told that one of Brigid's biographies included a story that she had once been ordained a bishop. It was a story which we were not supposed to hear—much like th...more
I felt like reading some medieval history and this hit the spot. Macy makes a compelling argument that it wasn't merely the involvement of women in ministry that was altered, but also the definition and concept of ordination. Great stuff--Heloise and Abelard charging in with a late defense and a thorough reminder of why I despise Aquinas (I can't believe I'd forgotten) among other things (Brigid was ordained a bishop?!)--and I only wish I had enough Latin to truly enjoy the end notes.
Радостин Марчев
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Причината е не само (и дори не толкова) в подбора и излаганмето на историческите доказателства, макар че това е направено много добре, а най-вече в тяхната оценка, в критериите за нея и в подчертаването на опасността от анахронизми - в случая да се чете историята през съвременните определения за "ръкополагане" и "свещенство."
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