Ancient Roman women priests-controversy catacomb on the Internet

This October 2014 video says about itself:

Catacomb of Priscilla, Rome, late 2nd century through the 4th century C.E.

Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker

From in the USA:

Do These Ancient Paintings Prove There Were Female Priests in the Early Church?

Nov. 20, 2013 11:46am, Billy Hallowell

New questions are emerging about the role of women in the early Christian church after the Vatican this week unveiled recently restored frescoes in the Catacombs of Priscilla in Rome.

Some say the paintings depict women serving as priests during Christianity’s beginning centuries — a contention the Vatican is calling the stuff of “fairy tales.”

Two scenes inside the catacombs, in particular, are capturing attention.

In one, a group of women are seen celebrating what is believed to be the Eucharist. Another shows a woman in a garment that resembles a robe with her hands lifted up in a position that is generally used by priests during public worship, The Associated Press reported.

A fresco that shows a female figure with her hands outstretched has been put forward as evidence of women priests in the early Church (Max Rossi/Reuters/Corbis)

The paintings are being used as evidence by some individuals and groups that women once served as priests and that they should once again be allowed to do so within the confines of the Catholic Church.

While the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests, a group that ordains and argues for female priests, believes this is the case, others aren’t so certain. …

Reuters reported that the Catacombs of Priscilla – underground burial chambers that stretch eight miles – were built as burial grounds between the second and fifth centuries.

The catacombs have been reopened to the public after a five-year restoration project. For those who cannot make it to Rome to see the site can explore it from home using Google Maps.

Debate over the Catholic Church’s restrictions on female faith leaders continues as the Vatican’s policy of only allowing male priests remains in place.

For some early monks, impaired hearing amplified sounds of silence. Excavation at Byzantine-era monastery finds evidence of damaged ear bones. By Bruce Bower, 5:24pm, November 21, 2016: here.

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