The role and function of the magisterium continue to be a source of controversy in many corners of the Catholic church today.
Women, ordination and the magisterium
"Ordination" hasn't always meant what it does today, and that's one reason for some of the debate over women's ordination.
After our editorial calling for women's ordination, readers asked us for more information on the history of women leaders in the early church. Here's our first installment.