The issue of the ordination of women to the priesthood will not go away. A growing number of Catholics instinctively feel that women should be ordained. The demand to have, at the very lest, a serious and thorough discussion of the issue can no longer be silenced. In this landmark book the biblical scholar and church historian John Wigngaards examines the historical evidence and carefully dismantles the theological and scriptural arguments that underlie the Vatican's position. How has the non-ordination of women coe to be seen by Rome as an unchageable part of Catholic teaching?