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Jimmy Carter on Christian Female Priests

 

Please listen to the interview attached. It is so important - it is in fact so important, that it should be showed in every school, every class, every home - and discussed over every dinner table. It is all about educating ourselves and learn! It is about opening our eyes and ears, and actually deal with the reality of our world. If not, we cannot change what needs to be changed.

 

 

 

 

You can the read open letter from Mr. Carter himself via this link or you can read his book
A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power  (2014). 

 

What is important to mention about this open letter, is the fact that Mr. Carter makes it very clear, that female priests and women as spiritual authorities, did indeed exist during early Christianity! Mr. Carter's words do indeed prove, that I was very right in the questions I asked as my discoveries unfolded whilst walking the Camino. As you probably can guess, this is one of the many reasons why I titled my book The Hidden Camino.

 

 

 

 

Another person who has written about women in Early Christianity is Alex Mar. Some time ago, I read Mar's blog article about the Rebel Virgins and Desert Mothers in early Christianity and felt I had shared it here on my own blog. The Revel Virgins and Desert Mothers is about Christian women, who have been written out of history, as usual. Alex Mar writes:

 

"...Many of the female leaders of Christianity - in the Catholic Church in particular, with its 1.25 billion followers around the world - are barred from being fully ordained and are closely overseen by men. But this was not always the case. Scores of early Christian women - like Marcella, the desert-dwelling Susan, or the scholars Melania and Paula - embraced radical lives, helping the young religion fan out across the Roman Empire and beyond. From the beginning, the followers of Jesus of Nazareth comprised a movement that was extreme, counter-cultural - a revolution that embraced both men and women, even social outcasts and slaves.

 

 

 

 

In those first centuries, while the religion was still defining itself as an institution, many devout women flouted cultural convention and chose Jesus himself - not bishops and bureaucrats - as their personal guide. These women had permission to live beyond their gender as the leaders and patrons of local congregations, as preachers and ecstatic prophets and tough ascetics. They defied Roman family laws and rejected their sexuality. They walked the streets, spreading the gospel. They taught themselves Hebrew, analyzed Scripture, corresponded with other Christian leaders. They were aristocrats who seized control of their money and funneled it into the movement, building monasteries and helping prisoners and the poor."


Read the full article here

 

Related links you might enjoy

 

The Hidden Camino - Our Hidden Story

 

Losing My Religion for Equality by Mr. Jimmy Carter

 

The Role of Women in Early Christianity by Bettany Huges

 

Pope Francis says Women will Never Be Roman-Catholic Priests

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