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In the News: Women Priests

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I am reminded of a quote: “You can call a hen ‘a rooster’ but it still won’t make much of a difference in the chicken coop.”

Unless Christ intended women to be priests then this is only “dress-up.” Any action against the expressed will of the Lord would forfeit both the sacrament of holy orders and the Mass. That is too terrible a chance to take. This fact is evidence that despite many good intentions these women have a distorted understanding of priesthood, viewed more as personal empowerment than as gifted servanthood on behalf of the Church and directed toward the salvation of souls. Indeed, they place themselves at risk by incurring excommunication from Christ’s holy Church.

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  1. Contrary to arguments that women should share equally in persona Christi/alter Christus, Christ extended this legacy to His male followers, the Apostles.He chose them to “follow Me,” and there were no females. That is not to say females were inferior; they played major parts throughout scripture. But, just as lay men, women have never, until Vatican II, been allowed to touch the Sacred Species.” Do this in memory of Me” was said to His male Apostles at the Last Supper. We understand that women may have been present but only in the role of servers; He was not speaking to them.
    There are MANY services both lay men and women can perform in the life of the Church. Perhaps, in the past, we have minimized them. This should be addressed. Women play an important role in our Catholic Faith but not as God’s direct representatives.
    Let us elevate women and all practicing lay Catholic followers to key positions in the parishes.
    I cannot speak for today, but when I was attending the seminary, one of the minor orders was the anointing of a potential priest’s hands. As seminarians and future priests, were were forbidden from playing rough contact sports to protect our hands which were to be used to handle the sacred Eucharist. No one else should have this right..

  2. The crisis facing the Amazon is region certainly a palpable one. Those of us who hold true to the teachings of the Church, sit by and criticize BUT do we have a practical solution? It is always critical to offer a solution when in a disagreement over something, otherwise our opposing arguments fall on fallow ground. So far, I have seen/heard NO practical solution to this crisis by those of us who wish to adhere to the traditional teachings of the Church. Criticism without a solution are just hallow words that will be ignored. ..

    FATHER JOE:

    First, I would rather hear about the problems and possible solutions from the Amazonian bishops and not from the Germans.

    Second, the Pope does not need a special synod or anyone’s permission to make a few exceptions to the rule of celibacy and the priesthood. Indeed, the Code of Canon Law makes allowances for the ordination of mature and stable married men in exceptional situations.

    Third, I see no need for an Amazonian rite that might readily fall prey to syncretism and elements of false pagan worship. It is one thing for rituals to develop or grow in an organic way over time. But I think we have all had our fill of forced or manufactured new ceremonials and Eucharistic Prayers.

    Fourth, the fundamentalists and Pentecostals are making many converts and they are doing so by simply emphasizing Scripture and Jesus Christ. I would argue that imposition and not enculturation is the real way to proceed.

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