Women's ordination in the news

by Heidi Schlumpf

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In an NCR column last spring, I asked, "Is women's ordination old news?" Apparently, it is not. As NCR Managing Editor Dennis Coday shared earlier today, Time magazine included the controversy over the Catholic Church's policy of not ordaining women to the priesthood as the 6th top religion news story of 2010. (Four of the Top 10 stories feature the Vatican.)

The Time story cites the Vatican's naming the ordination of women as "grave crimes," the number of women ordained by the Roman Catholic WomenPriests group, and the pope's recent statements reaffirming traditional church teaching as unchangeable as reasons for the Top 10 designation.

"[The pope] did allow, however, that Jesus' friendships with women were revolutionary for his time — and that the first witness to Christ's resurrection was a woman," the Time reporter wrote.

Gee, thanks. NCR, of course, has covered this issue extensively this year--and every year.

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