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Why the Priesthood Needs Women

FAR MORE THAN CELIBACY OR SEXUAL REPRESSION, BARRING ONE GENDER FROM THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH’S HIGHEST RANKS PROVIDES THE IMPLICIT RATIONALE FOR CLERICAL ABUSE

No Christian should need to be reminded of the moral error of discrimination. We hold at the center of our faith the belief that every human life is of equal value. And yet the Roman Catholic Church, my church, excludes more than half its members from full participation by barring women, for reasons of gender alone, from the priesthood.

The moral consequences of this failing become abundantly clear each time another instance of clergy abuse, and cover-up, is revealed. It is the inevitable logic

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