Empowering or redefining women?


These days there are many discussions inside and outside of Church circles that boil down to sex.  When we speak of empowering women in the Church, what exactly are we looking for if not Holy Orders.?  In the mind of many people the only way to empower women is to assign them roles that are reserved for males, such as deacons, priests and bishops.

“Go tell my brothers that I will meet them in Galilee.”

This example begs the question.  Do we really understand the difference between empowering and commissioning?  There is a difference between someone having the power to consecrate the Eucharist and being sent to do so.  When you ordain a class of ten males, they receive certain sacramental powers that they can exercise only with the authority from the bishop, not only because they are males. From here comes the term “to grant faculties.”  Only a bishop can grant you a license to legally celebrate the Eucharist. You have the sacramental powers, but you lack the legal authority to use those powers.   Without the bishop’s permission, you cannot exercise those faculties be you male or female.

Let’s look at the exercise of authority.  “Go tell my brothers to go up to Galilee where they will see me.”  But to whom does Jesus commend this great message?

Who else was in the garden on that first morning of the week:  the angel, Peter, John and three Mary’s. However it is Mary is commissioned to deliver the message “The tomb is empty and I have seen the Master.”

We have all known our fair share of deacons, priests and bishop unable to deliver message as  did Mary, with the power that comes only from Truth. 

Published in: on April 21, 2015 at 9:43 PM  Leave a Comment  

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