"There's never been any definitive ruling against the earlier tradition of ordaining
women to the diaconate," said Zagano, who is a contributor to NCR.
Episcopal Church provide historical insight into the struggle for ordaining
The TAC does not ordain women, opposes revisions to the Elizabethan Book of Common Prayer and opposes ordaining
homosexuals or blessing gay couples.
The Reverend Stephen Van Kuiken, a straight pastor at Mount Auburn Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati, married the couple four years ago and was instrumental in ordaining
Jennifer as a deacon of the church.
How is the ecumenical openness or inclusiveness of the ordaining
church being expressed in the ritual and reflected in the group of those participating actively in the ritual (e.g.
Indeed, for Adiele, ordaining
as a Buddhist nun had little to do with being a Buddhist or a nun.
The Bishops suggested that we should evaluate whether or not the 50 years of ordaining
women has been a plus for our church.
LIKE HIS BROTHERS AND SISTERS: ORDAINING
"I want my work to live on after me and that is why I am ordaining
Theologian Elisabeth Schussler Fio-renza reported that when she was a student some decades ago, her professor, a certain Joseph Ratzinger, was confronted with the reality that nothing stands in the way of ordaining
women priests in Roman Catholicism but custom or tradition.
The eighth-century rite is an interesting one because there is a single prayer in the middle of the rite, "The prayer for ordaining
a male or a female deacon." It's the same prayer.
On the issue of non-celibate gay bishops, he said it is "not unreasonable to seek for a very much wider and deeper consensus before any change is in view, let alone foreclosing the debate by ordaining
someone, whatever his personal merits, who was in a practising gay partnership."