Wonder about so many women with religious callings who have reservations, since the call may not be fulfilled. The prohibition against a female acting as a priest in a Catholic service, even if having made similar religious vows as a nun. In Islam, women are prohibited from leading prayer services, or otherwise acting as an Imam, though this is subject to debate and more debate. Similar to non-Catholic Christian denominations and non-Orthodox Jewish denominations, it seems that there needs to be a split from orthodoxy before a woman can lead in prayer. Or try to work within, amidst controversy, such as Roman Catholic Womenpriests.

My great-aunt was a nun, who had a fulfilling academic career, courtesy of the support of the Sisters of St. Joseph, but never led a service, even if she had wanted to. Thinking about the sisters of the Community Notre Dame du Cap, who regularly participate in the service at St. Augustine of Canterbury parish, in Toronto. But do not lead. The participation in the communion service being itself a rarity.

Yet there are female prophets in Christianity, in Judaism and in Hinduism. In Buddhism, women may be ordained. There appear to be no female prophets recognized in Islam, unless they also recognized certain female Judeo-Christian prophets as they do certain male Judeo-Christian prophets.

If one has the light–one of those rare people, across religions, with the light–it would seem contrary to all faith to constrain in any way.


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