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May 31, 2008

Vatican Will Excommunicate Women Priests

Topics: Faith

The Vatican is fighting back against the ordination of women as priests (... "pretend" priests) by announcing it will henceforth automatically excommunicate the priests and the presiding bishops:

[...] The Vatican declared today that any women who attempt "ordination" or any bishops who attempt to "ordain" women are automatically excommunicated from the Church by their actions. The decree from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is said to be absolute, universal and immediately effective.

The decree which was published in the Vatican daily, L'Osservatore Romano, comes in the wake of several women attempting to be "ordained" as Catholic priests.

The most recent attempt to ordain a woman occurred on May 4 in Winona, Minnesota when Kathy Redig, participated in a ceremony of ordination.

Bishop of Winona Bernard Harrington responded to the news of Redig's purported ordination by saying it made him "very, very sad." The bishop also said that "She, by her actions, has excommunicated herself."

Another occurrence of attempted ordination occurred in .....

As James Joyner says in his post this morning, "it's difficult to understand how one can simultaneously believe an infallible Pope is the Vicar of Christ and wish to openly defy him." If the women priests (? ... I never knew there were any since the Church forbid such a thing in the first place) don't like the Vatican's policy, let them vote with their feet. Not that the Pope needs my approval, but he's right to take a stand. The basis for the Church's teaching on ordination is found in the New Testament as well as in the writings of the Church Fathers. One need only look to what has happened in the Episcopal Church to see the results of caving-in to feminist (and also gay) tomfoolery.

Readers interested in reading a thorough defense and an interpretation of the Church's doctrine should read at "The Catholic Priesthood and Women: A Guide to the Teaching of the Church," by Sara Butler . Here are a few excerpts from a review of the book:

[...] It attempts to provide a new generation of young Catholics and, most especially, seminarians with an understanding of the Church's teaching and give them a "theological orientation to the topic that engages the chief objections." Its author, Sister Sara Butler, MSBT, is a well-respected theologian who taught at Mundelein Seminary and currently holds a position at St. Joseph's Seminary in Dunwoodie, New York. She openly confesses in the book's introduction that for many years she supported the ordination of women. She credits John Paul II's "theology of the body" and "his response to the feminist critique in the apostolic letter Mulieris Dignitatem (1988)" for her change of heart on this matter.

Her work, divided into seven chapters, is a concise treatment of the subject. While Butler is a scholar, this book can be read and appreciated by those who are not trained theologians. The book provides a summary of the primary Vatican documents regarding women's ordination, with an explanation of objections and responses to these arguments. However, the primary focus of the book is a lengthy consideration of what she terms the "fundamental reasons" versus the "theological reasons" regarding the ban on women priests as she believes they are articulated in Inter Insigniores and Ordinatio Sacerdotalis.

Butler believes that those who advocate for women in the priesthood are too preoccupied with the theological arguments and do not sufficiently appreciate or understand the "fundamental reasons" for the Church's position. Her insistence on this point is one of the book's strengths. However, it should be noted that Inter Insigniores does not actually use the language of "fundamental reasons" and "theological reasons." Instead the document explains the Church's position and follows that explanation with theological arguments.

[...] The ban on women priests is not simply a matter of the Church remaining true to a fact--Christ only chose men--but a matter of the Church remaining faithful to the fundamental truth of the relation between the order of redemption and the order of creation--an order the Church has no power to undo.

Women and the Priesthood

Posted by Richard at May 31, 2008 11:51 AM

now if they would just step up and excommunicate "father" pfleger.......
i have three sons and a husband who are all catholics and who are now refusing to go to mass until the catholic hierarchy deals with pfleger. i can see their point....even though i am not a catholic. Hmmmmm.......

Posted by: christmasghost at May 31, 2008 6:24 PM

Ghost, have them sign the petition to defrock the freaky priest.

Posted by: Richard at May 31, 2008 7:12 PM

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