When Women Become Priests by Kelley Raab

By Kelley Raab

Supported through interviews with girls within the Episcopal priesthood, this article attracts upon object-relations conception, Freudian ideas of the subconscious, and French feminist proposal to teach how the occasion of mass through girls clergymen will require a rethinking of center dimensions of Catholic theology.

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This discussion speaks to many of the questions concerning Christology, especially how women would represent Christ to parishioners. Using theories of symbol and metaphor, it also responds to the query of what images parishioners experience when women celebrate the Eucharist. In addition, using psychological theory, I analyze how and why some women feel affirmed while others do not, as well as continued resistance and ambivalence to women as priests by men. 17 Raab/Women Become Priests 18 1/26/00 6:43 PM Page 18 Introduction In chapter 6, I draw upon French feminist psychoanalytic theory to further explore the significance of women priests acting in the person of Christ.

The new priest immediately fired the woman from her position as assistant. It should be mentioned that not all Catholic feminists, and certainly not all Catholic women, are in favor of women clergy. This at first sounds like an oxymoron, but one rationale is that admitting women to the priesthood would essentially be a form of co-optation by the existing androcentric-patriarchal worldview. In other words, ordaining women would require asking them to be like men and to fit into a masculinist system.

According to the book of Acts, Peter had a dream that convinced him that Paul’s belief was divinely inspired. I find this to be an interesting comparison because it highlights the fact that there have been other deeply divisive controversies that were decided in favor of greater inclusion. , one appointed by the pope) voted 17–0 that the New Testament does not settle the question of women’s ordination. 50 The critical question seems to be, In what areas does the church have the authority to do what Christ did not do?

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