Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Gender roles in Christianity can vary considerably today, as they have during the last two millennia. This is especially true with regards to marriage and ministry. Certain Christian traditions ascribe different roles to men and women in certain aspects of church life - as for example in the Catholic and Orthodox churches, where men may serve as priests and women may serve as nuns or sisters, and where women may hold senior positions such as abbess, but not bishop, patriarch or pope. While various conservative Protestant denominations also hold that only men can be ordained as clergy, ordination of women is becoming increasingly common in some Protestant churches. Learn more about the gender roles in Christianity throughout its long and complicated history in the following pages.