My Response: I am deeply grateful to Robin Cohn for this wonderful article citing the archaeological evidence for women in ordained ministries in early Christianity.
When a group of our ARCWP sisters visited the Catacomb of St. Priscilla in October, our guide shared the official Vatican interpretation. However, when challenged, admitted that he was aware of the recent scholarship about the frescoes as evidence that women functioned in diaconal and priestly roles in the early communities of Jesus’ followers. After some animated dialogue, we agreed to disagree with mutual respect!
From right to left: Cathy, our guide, Mary Kay, Mary Theresa , Andrea, Bridget Mary