Women Leaders in the Church, Ephesians 5:22-23, and the Right Reception of Holy Communion

Fr. Josh answers questions regarding the authority and leadership of women in the Church, what it means for wives to be submissive to their husbands (Ephesians 5:22-23), and how to talk with loved ones about the right reception of Holy Communion.

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Because I am in love with Christ, I care about what he cares about.


Glory Story (2:07)


Women in the Church (5:50)

Dear Fr. Josh,

I am wondering if you could explain a little on what the Church teaches on the equality of men and women? I find it confusing that only men get to hold positions of authority in the Church. Aren’t women just as capable of being leaders in the faith and passing on the faith to others?


Wives Be Submissive to Your Husbands (16:35)

In the Bible in Ephesians 5:23 it says that wives and husbands should submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. My friend and I are having an argument on whether wives should submit to their husbands when they are married…I’m confused because if God says in the Bible that they should submit to one another, why would the wife have to submit to her husband?


How to Speak with Family on the Right Reception of Holy Communion (21:04)

Hi Father Josh! First I want to thank you for your vocation and the way you speak truth into the world. Your podcast makes my days brighter because you make me laugh so much!

I have a question I have been struggling with for a while now.

My parents were divorced when I was young and they are both remarried not within the Church, although both are active Catholics who go to mass every week. Each Sunday, I watch my mother receive communion knowing she hasn’t been to reconciliation and is not in a sacramental marriage within the Church. When my siblings were home for Christmas, I had the same worries. I know that God is the only one who can judge souls, but I am worried about the state of their souls – receiving the Eucharist when not in a state of grace and also living in a marriage outside of the church. I don’t know if it is my place to bring it up or how I would even do that. I have brought up hard conversations like this in the past and it did not go over well with my mom. Can you offer any guidance? Thanks Father!


Prayer (28:21)


Meet Fr. Josh Johnson

While Fr. Josh was raised Catholic, he didn’t like the Church growing up. Then, one day in adoration, he fell in love with Jesus and received the call to become a priest.

Now, Fr. Josh is the Vocations Director of the Diocese of Baton Rouge in Louisiana. He is a presenter in four of Ascension’s programs: Altaration, YOU: Life, Love, and the Theology of the Body, The 99, and Connected: Catholic Social Teaching for This Generation, as well as the author of Broken and Blessed: An Invitation to My Generation, Pocket Guide to Adoration, and co-author of Pocket Guide to Reconciliation.

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