The fact that laywomen
may have consulted certain monks around these matters, monks they not only trusted to keep their secrets but who also may have been literate and were perceived as having access to special medical knowledge, is not altogether surprising.
Similarly, women are commonly told by many monks and even other laywomen
that 'it's not necessary to ordain to practice'.
As regards nomenclature, village jomos are identified in contrast to laywomen
and to male lamas (who can marry).
Finally, Diefendorf argues that the heroic asceticism of these laywomen
resulted in more than just the founding of fifty new convents and female religious houses, as penitential piety eventually evolved into significant charitable service to the community.
We remain equally grateful to laywomen
, who may or may not serve as deacons, who continue to play leadership roles in local churches, our colleges and seminaries, and our larger Baptist organizations and boards.
One reason for the decline, Clarke said, is the expansion of the roles that laywomen
can play in the Catholic Church.
Organized church and synagogue laywomen
seldom mounted campaigns for women's ordination, and laywomen
were as apt as laymen to oppose clergywomen's appointments in the churches.
Denise Despres traces responses to The Orcherd of Syon (the English version of Catherine of Siena's Dialogue), arguing that Catherine is made a contained and isolated figure for the nuns of Syon as she is for upperclass laywomen
, but that Kempe (perhaps partly through her Italian experience) understood the Dialogue's linking of active and contemplative lives and struggled in her Boke to reconcile mendicant and Carthusian-led monastic piety.
By the fourth session, the women included ten members of religious congregations and one from a secular institute; only two of the remaining laywomen
Allowing women to become priests, especially nuns and active, knowledgeable laywomen
in the church, would invigorate many fallen-away Catholics and bring them back to Mass.
Proportion of laywomen
teachers at Catholic elementary and secondary schools (e)
Both the Catholic Mary I and her Protestant sister Elizabeth I washed the feet of poor laywomen
during elaborate ceremonies in 16th-century England.