If Catholic and Anglican bishops were called “patriarchs,” would there be a move for women to be consecrated as bishops?
Calling Catholic priests “Father” hasn’t stopped feminists from becoming Anglican priests, so one presumes that ordained women would probably have no problem being called “patriarchs.”
It might sound ridiculous to call a female priest “Father,” but the question is connected to a deeper theological question: Is women’s ordination simply a matter of sentimentality, civil rights and practicality?
If so, then we should ordain women because it feels right and good to do so, they can do the job well enough, and it is fair to give them equal rights.
However, if ordination is...READ MORE