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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.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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