Revista Estudos Feministas
Print version ISSN 0104-026X
FERNANDES, Sílvia Regina Alves. The denial of female ordination: gender asymmetries in the Catholic Church from the point of view of prospective nuns and priests. Rev. Estud. Fem. [online]. 2005, vol.13, n.2, pp. 425-436. ISSN 0104-026X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-026X2005000200016.
The denial of female ordination is approached in this paper from the perspective of young men and women that desire to enter convents. This is a sociological and qualitative study that comparativily analyses the perceptions of young men and women of gender relations in the Catholic Church. Their testimonies clearly show the existence of gender inequality in the church"s hierarchy and reveal that the young women have a tendency to be more critical and inquisitive, while the young men tend to maintain the status quo.
Keywords : Catholicism; gender; religious vocation.