Lately I have been frequenting a chatroom where I often have conversations with a " so-called Catholic" who is a professor of Theology/Religion and is Pro-Female Ordination.
I need help to show him that he is in error, for he is putting these links providing his so-called evidence in the chatroom promoting female ordination causing other Catholics whose faith may be weak to believe him.
He uses as evidence the frescoes in Rome in the catacombs of Priscilla that date to the end of the 2nd Century, then points out the tombstones that date around 425 A.D. in Apulia and Dalmatia that also have the inscriptions of “Presbytera” on the tombstones of these deceased women.
Continuing on… he talked of the Mosaic of the Empress Teodora (Mother to Pope Pascal I) in the Chapel of St. Zeno in Rome that dates to the 9th Century where she is referred to as “Episcopa” as proof that she was an ordained Deaconess.
Before going any further… I am against Female Ordination and have read the writings of the early church where Deaconesses were usually “widows or women of an advanced age” who for the most part helped in matters such as Baptism, but, were not ordained. I also know that Presbytera’s were the wife of Priests and that they were not Female Priests as those who are Pro-Female Ordination would like to make others believe.
Anyway, I decided to look more into this on the net and came across pictures of the Empress Teodora here
And here are links given to me by the Professor I was chatting with as his proof…The first being pics of women in the early church and the second shows pics of the inscriptions…
Another point that many pro-female Ordination people like to point out is that in frescoes such as the “Fractio Panis” or breaking of the bread (which is the first pic in the 1st link I was given by the professor) and that it shows a woman amongst the men in this frescoe and proves that women took part in the breaking of the bread and were indeed Priests.
I will be against Female Ordination no matter what arguement or so called proofs are shown to me, but, even this makes my head spin at times and if I feel this way, imagine someone who is weak in their Catholic faith or who do not take the time to read the early church writings and how it may cause them to become pro-female ordination. :eek:
How can we provide solid proof that there were never any female ordinations in the history of the Catholic Church when the pro-female ordination crowd brings up tombstone inscription evidences???
The Theology/Religion professor I spoke to gave me many links to pics of these inscriptions which I unfortunately have lost and being I am not a scholar in languages that these inscriptions are written in… Are there any online sources or books that refute the claims being made of these inscriptions?
Sorry for the long post… I just have never seen a thread that deals with the inscription and frescoe evidences the pro-female ordination crowd use to promote their viewpoint and counter-viewpoints to this.
Thanks and God bless all