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The Ordained Women Deacons: of the Church's First Millennium

The Ordained Women Deacons: of the Church's First Millennium
A new, enlarged edition of the groundbreaking 'No Women in Holy Orders?', gathering historical evidence to show that women were ordained as deacons in the first ten centuries of the Church, and identifiying over 120 known female deacons.
Our Price: £18.99
ISBN/EAN: 9781848251212
Stock: 1
Publisher: Canterbury Press
Pub. Date: February 28 2012
Author: WIJNGAARDS, JOH
Format: Paperback
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A recent theological statement from the Roman Catholic Church has increased hopes that while women may not be ordained as priests, their ordination as deacons may soon become reality. This is a new, enlarged edition of a groundbreaking book that gathered historical evidence from ancient liturgies, literature, art and inscriptions on graves to show that the practice of ordaining women as deacons in the first ten centuries of the Church was normative. Women carried out sacramental rites alongside priests and had responsibilities for the care of the Christian community. Recent research has identified over 120 known female deacons - a figure that has tripled since this book's first appearance, under the title No Women in Holy Orders? in 2002. This offers a positive, theological and historical contribution to a debate that is fast gaining momentum in the Catholic Church worldwide.
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