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Sexual Politics in the Church of England, 1857-1957$
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Timothy Willem Jones

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199655106

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199655106.001.0001

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Women’s Ordination

Women’s Ordination

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Sexual Politics in the Church of England, 1857-1957

Timothy Willem Jones

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the campaign for women’s ordination to the priesthood in the Anglican Communion between 1913 and 1945. Church feminists saw ordination as a natural progression from political emancipation. The established Church struggled to come to terms with this suggestion. Despite holding several theological commissions, the Church was unable to come to a satisfactory theological position on women’s ordination. The demand for sacral equality in the priesthood brought the interwar Church to the limits of its capacity to imagine sexual equality.

Keywords:   women’s ordination, priesthood, sex, sacrament, feminism

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