Tag: Catholic Church

Catholic Objections to Women’s Altar Service: Barred from the Sacred
Women in the Church

Catholic Objections to Women’s Altar Service: Barred from the Sacred

The question of women deacons continues to be discussed in the Catholic Church, and questions about women are again in the news. Whether the discussion is about priestly celibacy or about ordaining women to the diaconate, the common denominator is that women are unclean. In the Roman Catholic Church, marriage is a diriment impediment for…

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Catholic Colonialism and Its Subaltern Celibates
Ecclesiology, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

Catholic Colonialism and Its Subaltern Celibates

In researching my book Everything Hidden Shall Be Revealed: Ridding the Church of Abuses of Sex and Power, which features extensive discussion of Orthodox and Anglican ecclesial structures, I came across a curious tranche of letters and legislative documents from Anglican churchmen in my native Canada in the pre-confederation period. In the 1850s, these men,…

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How Catholics Have Always Believed and Taught Deification
Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Theology

How Catholics Have Always Believed and Taught Deification

Catholics, Protestants, and Orthodox all have an unfortunate habit of thinking that deification is somehow the exclusive provenance of the Orthodox. This claim is unfortunate not only because it has no basis in reality, but because it blinds us to the riches to be discovered in the tradition and because it slows down ecumenical progress….

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