Bishop says all-male priesthood is "counter-cultural"
Sydney auxiliary Bishop Julian Porteous is quoted in The Australian today asserting that Jesus "did not feel constrained by cultural or religious laws of the day, so the choice of men as disciples was deliberate".
The paper's religion writer Jill Rowbotham has a feature in today's edition on the issue of women's ordination within various Christian denominations.
"I always point to the fact that when God became incarnate, it was as man," Bishop Porteous told her. "And I also say that Jesus did not feel constrained by cultural or religious laws of the day, so the choice of men as disciples was deliberate."
The article also includes a profile of the organisation Ordination of Catholic Women, which believes in remaining within the system and fighting to give the issue a profile among Australia's five million Catholics, via its website and annual conference.
Co-convenor Marilyn Hatton acknowledges it's a long battle, but argues it is important for future generations that the debate be kept alive. "I feel duty-bound to pursue my conscience on this issue," she told The Austtralian.
Sisters excluded (The Australian 2/2/06)
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Bishop Julian Porteous
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2 Feb 2006