Women’s Ordination

Timothy Willem Jones

in Sexual Politics in the Church of England, 1857-1957

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199655106
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744952 | DOI:
Women’s Ordination

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This chapter discusses the campaign for women’s ordination to the priesthood in the Anglican Communion between 1913 and 1945. Church feminists saw ordination as a natural progression from political emancipation. The established Church struggled to come to terms with this suggestion. Despite holding several theological commissions, the Church was unable to come to a satisfactory theological position on women’s ordination. The demand for sacral equality in the priesthood brought the interwar Church to the limits of its capacity to imagine sexual equality.

Keywords: women’s ordination; priesthood; sex; sacrament; feminism

Chapter.  14720 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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