October 23, 2015

Patrick Mason in Big Story re: Women & Priesthood Essays

Mormon essays address history of women in the priesthood
Brady McCombs
Big Story, Oct. 23, 2015

Recently, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released several essays focusing on controversial topics such as women and the priesthood and a female deity known as Heavenly Mother. Talking to the Associated Press Patrick Mason, Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California discussed the essay on women and the priesthood, which declared that neither Joseph Smith nor any other church leader ordained women. Mason noted, “The article can be taken as a rebuttal to pieces published by historians, feminists and theologians who argue Smith did, in fact, bestow priesthood on women since 1843, and that modern church leaders are incorrectly withholding this privilege from women.”
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