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In Defense of Women's Ordination

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The American Apostolic Old Catholic Churchordains women to Holy Orders, as both deacons and priests. The Old Catholic Church also consecrates women as Bishops. While the Old Catholic Church's sacraments are accepted by the Roman Catholic Church, women's ordination, and any sacrament performed by a female Old Catholic Priest, are not. This is because the Roman Church does not believe women can be priests. 

Roman Catholics who are against women's ordination cite 4 primary reasons why the church cannot (they distinguish this from do notpermit women to enter Holy Orders. 

1. Jesus chose 12 men as Apostles

2. Only Apostles were at the Last Supper, whem Jesus ordained them and instituted the Mass

3. The church never ordained women so it can never ordained women

4. If Jesus were going to ordain a woman, he would have ordained his mother, Mary. But he did not. 

In this lecture, theologian and candidate for the Old Catholic Priesthood, Kristina Rake M.A. examines each argument in its turn and responds to them from the biblical, theological, historical, archeological, psychological, and liturgical viewpoints. At the end of the episode, you can determine  for yourself if she's destroyed these arguments, opened the floor for discussion, or wasted her time. A warning, however: if you are firmly against women's ordination, DO NOT LISTEN! This talk will cause you a serious crisis in that belief.