of texts calling into question the ordination of women
to the priesthood and episcopate

For those who want to know why many Anglicans believe the ordination of women to the priesthood and episcopate to be a mistake, the best place to start is the book CONSECRATED WOMEN? published by Canterbury Press. It is edited by Jonathan Baker, now Bishop of Fulham and Chairman of Forward in Faith and deals with important Scriptural issues, including the nuptial imagery at the heart of the Christian revelation.

This bibliography will be added to as time goes by. If any readers would like to recommend works for inclusion, please SEND AN EMAIL with the details.


Anglican Mission in America, 2003, Report of the Study concerning the Ordination of Women, Pawleys Island, South Carolina: AMiA

Baker, Jonathan (ed.), 2004, Consecrated Women? A contribution to the women bishops debate: Canterbury Press
Barker, M., 2003, The Great High Priest, Edinburgh: T & T Clark

Bogle, Joanna, 1987, Women and the Priesthood: Looking Ahead, London: Vox

Bouyer, Louis, 1968, Eucharist, Notre Dame, Indiana: Notre Dame University Press

Bouyer, Louis, 1979, Woman in the Church, San Francisco: Ignatius Press

Brent, A., 1992, Cultural Episcopacy & Ecumenism, Leiden: EJ Brill

Bridge, G. R., 1997, Women and the Apostolic Ministry?, Halifax, Novia Scotia: The Convent Society
Brierley, P., 2003, The Mind of Anglicans, London: Christian Research/ Cost of Conscience
Broadhurst,John (ed.), 1996, Quo Vaditis? The State Churches of Northern Europe, Leominster: Gracewing

Butler, S., 1992, 'The Priest as Sacrament of Christ the Bridegroom',

Carter, Douglas, 1974, Debating the Ordination of Women, London: Church Literature Association

Catholic Church, 1994, Catechism of the Catholic Church, Dublin: Veritas

Catholic Church, John Paul II, 1988, Mulieris Dignitatem, Apostolic Letter on the Dignity and Vocation of Women, London: Catholic Truth Society

Catholic Church, John Paul II, 1989, Christifideles Laid, London: Catholic Truth Society

Catholic Church John Paul II, 1994, Ordinatio Sacerdotalis in Acta Apostolicae Sedis, 86, J4J-J4S, Vatican City
Catholic Church, Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, 1976, Inter Insigniores, (Declaration on the Question of Admission of Women to the Ministerial Priesthood), Vatican City
Catholic Church, Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, 1977, The Ordination of Women: Official Commentary from the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on Its Declaration Inter Insigniores of 15th October 1976, together with the Exchange of Correspondence in 1975 and 1976 between His Grace the Most Reverend Dr Frederick Donald Coggan, Archibishop of Canterbury and His Holiness Pope Paul VI, London: Catholic Truth Society
Clark, Stephen B., 1980, Man and 'Woman in Christ: An Examination of the Roles of Men and Women in the Light of Scripture and the Social Sciences, Ann Arbor, Michigan: Servant Books

Craston, Colin, 1986, Biblical Headship and the Ordination of Women,

Danielou, Jean, 1961, The Minstry of Women in the Early Church, London: Faith Press

de Lubac, H, 1956, The Splendour of the Church, London and New York:

de Lubac, H., 1982, The Motherhood of the Church, San Francisco: Ignatius Press

Demant, Vigo Auguste, 1977, Why the Christian Priesthood Is Male (2nd edn), London: Church Literature Association

Dicken, Helene, 1978, Women and the Apostolic Ministry, London: Church Literature Association
Franklin, R. William (ed.), 1996, Anglican Orders: Essays on the Centenary of Apostolicce Curae 1896-1996, London: Mowbray

Gilchrist, Michael, 1991, The Destabilisation of the Anglican Church: Women Priests and the Feminist Campaign to Replace Christianity, North Melbourne, Victoria: AD2000 Publications

Grieger, Vernon S., 1988, Earthly Images of the Heavenly Bride: Women and the Church, Doncaster, Victoria: Luther Rose Publications

Harper, Michael, 1994, Equal and Different, London: Hodder and Stoughton

Hauke, M., 1988, Women in the Priesthood? A Systematic Analysis in the Light of the Order of Creation and Redemption, San Francisco: Ignatius Press

Hook, Norman, 1977, A Command of the Lord: The Theological Implications of Women in the Priesthood (2nd edn), London: Church Literature Association

Hopko, Thomas (ed.), 1983, Women and the Priesthood, New York: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press
Hunwicke, John 2002, 'Pope Philogynes', New Directions 5 No. 90

Inter-Orthodox Consultation on the Place of the Woman in the Orthodox Church and the Question of the Ordination of Women, 1990, Conclusions of the Inter Orthodox Consultation on the Place of the Woman in the Orthodox Church and the Question of the Ordination of Women (Rhodes, Greece, 30 Oct.-7 Nov. 1988), Minneapolis: Light and Life Publishing

Kassian, Mary A., 1992., The Feminist Gospel, Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway

Leahy, B., 2000, The Marian Profile in the Ecclesiology of Hans Urs von Balthasar, London:

Lewis, C. S., 1948, 'Priestesses in the Church?', Time and Tide xxix

Lewis, C. S., 1971, Undeceptions: Essays on Theology and Ethics, London: Geoffrey Bles

Low, Robbie, 2002, 'The Mind of Anglicans', New Directions 5 Nos 86

Marshall, Rob, 1993, Never the Same Again -a Journey through Women's Ordination with the Bishop of London, London: Darton, Longman and Todd

Martimort, A. G., 1986, Deaconesses: An Historical Study, San Francisco: Ignarius Press

Mascall, E. L., 1972,, Women Priests?, London: Church Literature Association

Moll, Helmut (ed.), 1988, Church and Women: A Compendium, San Francisco: Ignatius Press

Muller, G., 2000. Priesthood and Diaconate, San Francisco: Ignatius Press

Oddie, William, 1984, What Will Happen to God? Feminism and the Reconstruction of Christian Belief, London: SPCK

Petre, Jonathan, 1994, By Sex Divided: The Church of England and Women Priests, London: Fount
Piper, John, and Grudem,Wayne (eds), 1991, Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: A Response to Evangelical Feminism, Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway

Ratzinger, J., 1987, Principles of Catholic Theology: Building Stones for a Fundamental Theology, San Francisco: Ignatius Press

Ratzinger, J., 1996, Called to Communion: Understanding the Church Today, San Francisco: Ignatius Press

Rutler, G. W., 2003, Priest and Priestess, Rosemont, Philadelphia: Good Shepherd Press

Saward, John, 1977, Christ and His Bride: The Ordination of Women, London: Church Literature Association

Saward, John, 1978, The Case against the Ordination of Women (3rd rev. edn), London: The Church Literature Association

Schonborn, C., 1994, God's Human Face: The Christ Icon, San Francisco: Ignatius Press

Steichen, Donna, 1991, Ungodly Rage: The Hidden Face of Catholic Feminism, San Francisco: Ignatius Press

Tolhurst, J. (ed.), 1989, Man, Woman and Priesthood, Leominster: Gracewing

Toon, Peter, 1990, Let Wo [Men] Be Wo [Men]: Equality, Ministry and Ordination, Leominster: Gracewing
Von Balthasar, H. U., 1986, The Office of Peter and the Structure of the' Church, San Francisco: Ignatius Press

Watts, Michael (ed.), 1993, Through a Glass Darkly: A Crisis Considered, Leominster: Gracewing
Weinandy, T. G., 1985, Does God Change?, Still River, Massachusets: St Bede's Publications

Wetherell, David, 1987, Women Priests in Australia? The Anglican Crisis, Melbourne: Spectrum