The words we choose

Published January 1, 2012

In the article Women in the church [Nov. 2011, p. 1], I read that, “Now, every diocese in the Anglican Church of Canada permits the ordination of women as priests.” Permits?Despite the wisdom of our best theologians stating that there is no impediment to the ordination of women, and our common understanding that the gender restriction was culturally based and not biblically based; and despite the knowledge that women are genuinely called to the priesthood, and always have been, women still need permission?

In Teaching the teachers [Report on Education, Anglican Journal, Nov. 2011, p. 1], I read that, “Sensitivity to aboriginal issues has become a mandatory part of UBC teacher training….” The use of “aboriginal” when referring to people is a mark of disrespect.


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