Religious discrimination against women in priesthood

Other Names:
Bias against ordination of women
Active religious prejudice towards female priests
Opposition to admission of women to priesthood
Prohibition of women as ordained priests
Rejection of women priests

Discrimination against women in priesthood limits both the potential of women and also the potential of Church members being aided by having a female rather than male priest.


Although still not permitted in many countries, and officially not permitted by the Anglican Church, women priests are found in the USA, Canada, New Zealand and Hong Kong.


The Scriptures do not forbid women in priesthood; the only reason that Christ's apostles were male was due to the socio-cultural conditions of the time. The greater participation of women in public life and their new biological freedom as a result of contraception means that old attitudes must be reconsidered; the priest represents the Risen Christ, not Christ the Man, thus female priests could represent the feminine aspects of God.


Counter Claim:

"Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a women to teach, not to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, was in the transgression". (Bible: I Timothy 2, 11-15).

Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 10: Reduced Inequality
Date of last update
29.12.2017 – 16:34 CET