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Did you hear? Women need to be priests…
Not really, but our former president, Jimmy Carter, apparently believes the Catholic Church is prejudiced against women because we won’t, err… can’t ordain women priests. (cf.http://swampland.time.com/2013/06/23/jimmy-carter-a-sunday-interview/?xid=rss-topstories&) Mr. Carter has offered us a fortuitous occasion to refresh ourselves on why women can’t be priests and not just that they cannot be priests. Here we go, five questions with five answers.
1. What does the Church teach about the ordination of women to the priesthood?
“…the Church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women.” (JPII, Ordinatio Sacerdotalis, 4)
2. Can this teaching change?
No. “… this judgment is to be definitively held by all the Church’s faithful.” (ibid) “This teaching requires definitive assent, since, founded on the written Word of God, and from the beginning constantly preserved and applied in the Tradition of the Church, it has been set forth infallibly by the ordinary and universal Magisterium (cf. Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Responsum ad Dubium Concerning the Teaching Contained in Ordinatio Sacerdotalis, October 28, 1995).
3. What are the theological reasons in support of the Church’s teaching?
Cultural: The world was filled with priestesses during Jesus’ day and he had already revolutionized the relationship of men with women; nevertheless, he did not ordain any women.
Scriptural: There is absolutely no witness in the New Testament to women priests. Further, Jesus chose only men for Apostles.
Sacred Tradition: There is a universal witness – east and west – to an all male priesthood and the thesis of women priests has always been condemned by the Church.
Magisterium: The Church has spoken twice about the issue in an authoritative manner since the Second Vatican Council: Inter Insignores (1976) and Ordinatio Sacerdotalis (1994
4. Is this a human rights issue?
No. NO ONE has a right to be a priest. “And one does not take the honor upon himself, but he is called by God, just as Aaron was.” (Hebrews 5:4) The priesthood pertains to the level of supernatural grace and not the order of nature so it is not a human rights question. No one has an absolute claim on any grace because it is God’s free gift. The movement in favor of women priests would be akin to angry men who cannot become nuns… it’s just too weird. We are all called to the same glory, heaven. How we get there is quite secondary. Oh, yeah, and the greatest member of the Church happens to be both a woman and someone who was never ordained, Mary; need I say more.
No. The teaching is infallible but it pertains to the ordinary universal magisterium (cf. Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Responsum ad Dubium Concerning the Teaching Contained in Ordinatio Sacerdotalis, October 28, 1995) and not the solemn universal magisterium of the Church. They would not be a heretic but they would place themselves outside of full communion with the Catholic Church if they were to willfully hold that women could be ordained priests after being made aware that the teaching is infallible and part of the ordinary universal magisterium. In other words, it is necessary to believe that womencannot be ordained priests if one wants to share in full ecclesial communion.
Okay, go and read the following three documents: