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As a matter of faith, the Vatican insists women cannot be ordained, in part, because Jesus Christ selected only men to serve as his apostles. Reverends Love and Dunn counter that Mary of Magdala (above, by artist Guido Reni, 1634) was described in scripture as “the apostle to the apostles.” Ironically, it would be on Mary of Magdala’s feast day that the Vatican announced the excommunication of the first seven women to be ordained as priests.

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