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Another remarkably lame argument for women's ordination

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Nov 20, 2013

Proponents of women’s ordination are calling attention to a fresco in the newly restored catacombs of Priscilla, saying that it shows women acted as priests in the early Church.

Here’s the evidence: the fresco shows a female figure with her arms raised, as if in prayer.

OK, so in the early Church women prayed. Does that come as a surprise?

Maybe the syllogism looks like this:

  • Priests pray
  • Women in the early Church prayed
  • Therefore women in the early Church were priests.

Find that logic compelling? Neither do I. Actually, I think the woman on the fresco is signaling a touchdown.

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