Do you call them Father? Mother? I’m not trying to poke fun, I’m seriously asking a question. How are they addressed? Why aren’t they called priestesses? To me it seems like it denotes masculinity, and isn’t that taking away from their femininity?
Please don’t erupt in anger. I’m just curious and looking for discussion.
In the Lutheran church they call them Pastor So-and-So just like they do the men.
I assume the Anglicans don’t call their female clergy priestess for the same reason we don’t call a female dr, doctoress, or the same with other similar titles. It’s just a shift in the language as a whole. You also do have to admit that a priestess sounds a bit pagan!
In my wife and son’s (and soon to be my) Anglican church, they are called mother. Their priests are actually husband and wife so their parishioners call them Father Andrew and Mother Summer respectively.
Among the Orthodox Arabs, Greeks, Romanians, etc. the priest’s wife is called a priestess. But since we all have a separate for a Christian priest, it carries no pagan connotations. The Slavs usually call her “Mother” (actually “dear Mother”) or “Lady.”
Nope. And that for reasons such as this one. I’m a different sort of Anglican.
If so, why does the current leadership allow for it, if it’s considered “not being validly possible?”
Pace e Bene
The current leadership of the Communion doesn’t recognise that it is not possible. And likely won’t care, if they did. The idea of valid orders being related to the understanding of the undivided Church is not one that weighs heavily upon them.
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