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Father Kenneth Doyle
Questions may be sent to Father Kenneth Doyle at and 40 Hopewell St., Albany, NY 12208.

October 18, 2021
Question: I know that currently women are not ordained as priests in the Catholic Church. I have always wondered why this is, as we live in a society that emphasizes gender equality. I have asked many people about this but have received vague answers — or answers that don’t fully address the issue. Would you explain why women are not allowed to be ordained in the Catholic Church? I am open-minded to the answer, and I just want some peace on the matter. (Richmond) Answer: The fundamental reason why the Catholic Church ordains only males to the priesthood is historical: Jesus chose only men in selecting the Twelve Apostles and the Church feels bound by that choice made by Jesus.…
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