Beginning in the late 20th century, with increasing tendencies toward modernist heresies and the development of new ideologies about inclusiveness and equality of roles among the sexes, there’s been an increasing push for women’s ordination in the West.

The Catholic Church, however, is not governed by modernist tendencies or pressure groups. But what are the reasons behind this ancient and unchanging practice of the Church? Is the Church’s prohibition against women’s ordination to be blamed on sexism? Is it due to on old habit of rigidly holding on to an antiquated patriarchy of the past? The reasons include none of those things. 

Objective: In this course, students will learn why women are not priests. Students will learn where the idea that women should be ordained came from and why it cannot occur. Students will learn that the male only priesthood is the plan of God for the Church.

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Course curriculum

  • 01

    Defending the Faith - Can Women Be Ordained as Priests?

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Can Women Be Ordained as Priests? - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Defending the Faith - Can Women Be Ordained as Priests? - Live Lesson Recording with Deacon Frederick Bartels (4/29/21)

    • Can Women Be Ordained as Priests? - QUIZ

    • Live Lesson Opening Prayer

    • Defending the Faith - Can Women Be Ordained as Priests? - Live Lesson with Deacon Frederick Bartels - April 29 @1:00 PM Pacific


Instructor Bio:

Deacon Frederick Bartels is a member of the Catholic clergy who serves the Church in the diocese of Pueblo, CO. He received an MA in Theology and Educational Ministry from Catholic Distance University, where he is currently employed as an adjunct professor of theology. He is founder and editor of Joy In Truth (, an online magazine dedicated to the New Evangelization. As a Catholic educator, public speaker and evangelist, Deacon Bartels strives to infuse culture with the saving principles of the gospel. He lives in Colorado with his wife, Shelly, and the youngest two of their six children. Professor Bartels is Chairman of the Theology Department.

Deacon Frederick Bartels

Professor of Theology, Department Chair