The roles women have held in various churches throughout time have ebbed and flowed, and I wonder if this is societal.

My belief prior to this section was that women should not hold priesthood roles in the church and that they have not. I was led to do more reasearch and found that women have held important positions throughout time. Mary Magdalene's appointment as an apostle truly surprised me.

I am not sure that I can banish long-held beliefs, but at this time, I have new information to think about when I meet a female clergy member. To this point, I have been very uncomfortable with them. I will be a little more open now.

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Comment by Laili Dalloul on October 14, 2009 at 8:37pm
I am interested to know why you are uncomfortable with female clergys?

Comment by Phi 214 Lynn Honegger on October 16, 2009 at 5:10pm

The only reason I can think of is that I was raised in a very strict Catholic environment. I can remember when the issue of female clergy first came up and the reaction in the church was immediate. Despite the fact that I no longer am a member of the Catholic church, there are several pieces of doctrine that will likely always be with me. They are so deeply ingrained, I have given up wondering why I still think them. I still am uncomfortable with female lay people administering communion. Really, really old fashioned, I know.

Comment by brichie71 Student PHI-214 on October 17, 2009 at 11:20am

I was also raised Catholic and although I no longer practice either, I understand why sometimes thier beliefs stick with you. If I remember correctly, Catholics do not have women becuase they think of the church as female and priests are thought to be married to the church and this is why they can not have a relationship with a women or be married. By having a female priest, to the catholic, it would be two females being married.
Comment by Roman Kozlowski on October 17, 2009 at 12:39pm
Lynn, yes yo can banish long-held beliefs, as I did after 20 years of ministering to my congregations.


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