Comments on: Restored Rome catacomb frescoes add to Catholic debate on women priests http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2013/11/20/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 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: TDJ http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2013/11/20/restored-rome-catacomb-frescoes-add-to-catholic-debate-on-women-priests/comment-page-1/#comment-77820 Thu, 21 Nov 2013 16:55:58 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/?p=29838#comment-77820 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.

+JMJ,
~Theo

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