Comments on: Restored Rome catacomb frescoes add to Catholic debate on women priests Religion, faith and ethics Sat, 23 Apr 2016 23:25:07 +0000 hourly 1 By: TDJ Thu, 21 Nov 2013 16:55:58 +0000 The interpretation that this is a female figure is an invention of the febrile imaginations of a number of women who advocate for women ordination. It doesn’t correspond to the facts.

Look at the image very closely: the veil is a “tallit,” a Jewish prayer shawl that only men could wear.

Rather than being “proof” of ordained females, the fresco provides an intriguing clue about a possible Jewish-Christian overlap in the early Church’s prayer motifs. That’s about all we can say about this portrait of an “orans” figure.