“The Catholic Priesthood: Why Is It Reserved to Men?”
Upcoming Talk and Catholic-Reformed Dialogue with Sister Sara Butler, M.S.B.T., Ph.D., S.T.L., and Jim Brownson, Ph.D. (Western Theological Seminary) responding.
The event is being co-sponsored by Western Seminary and the Departments of Religion and Women's and Gender Studies at Hope College.
The Catholic Church “has no authority to confer priestly ordination on women.” Such was the solemn declaration of Pope St. John Paul II and the beginning of the argument Sister Sara Butler will make at Hope College in a lecture on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 7 p.m. in Winants Auditorium in Graves Hall at Hope College. Sr. Sara Butler will argue that the unbroken tradition of the Catholic Church is not discrimination against women but related to the doctrine of Holy Orders as a sacrament. Dr. Jim Brownson of Western Theological Seminary will provide a response.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
Graves Hall is located at 263 College Ave., between 10th and 12th streets.