A response from the Women’s Ordination Conference

Fair is fair so here is a FAQ of answers to questions people have posed about the Ordain a Lady video. When I wrote about it I mentioned my biggest concern was the lyric “Don’t listen to St. Paul…”. Their response is:

The phrase in the video refers very specifically to 1 Corinthians 14:34-35, in which Paul wrote: “As in all the congregations of the saints, women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church”

Opponents of women’s ordination often use this one misogynistic quote to try and validate the male-only priesthood and why women shouldn’t preach. We are constantly up against this quote. However, in the great words of St. Theresa of Avila, “about the injunction of the Apostle Paul that women should keep silent in church? Don’t go by one text only.” So true. St. Paul also has many wonderful quotes, including being attributed to, “there is no free nor, slave, and no woman nor man, no Jew nor Greek” (Gal. 3:28).

 And quite honestly, “Paul” easily rhymed with “call.”

 

There you go.

2 thoughts on “A response from the Women’s Ordination Conference

  1. In that case, it would have been much less misleading (and certainly less theologically problematic) to say “don’t prooftext Paul” rather than “don’t listen to Paul.” Less catchy, I know, and I’m not literally suggesting this as a song lyric, but I still don’t think the catchiness is worth the implication of jettisoning a significant portion of scripture when what they are really critiquing is prooftexting.

  2. I’m with Julia on this one. I still don’t like the way it was presented as “don’t listen to St. Paul” is a lot different than critiquing certain narrow interpretations of Paul.

    Here’s an article, published a few years ago, by The Mennonite which addresses that specific passage…

    http://www.themennonite.org/issues/11-3/articles/Be_silentto_hear

    so… it’s not a matter of “don’t listen to St. Paul”, but a matter of “don’t listen to folks who take Paul out of context”

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