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We Will Never Ordain Women

Damian Thompson wonders what's so hard about understanding that the Catholic Church will never ever ever ordain women:

Thanks to technical problems, I wasn’t able to comment on Rowan Williams (”Archbishop of Canterbury” in the Henrician usurpation tradition, as Gerald Warner calls him) lecturing the Vatican on the virtues of women priests. I’m glad he did, because it is high time that the Church of England stopped apologising for this innovation. Anglicans have women priests; Catholics and Orthodox don’t. End of story, so far as corporate reunion is concerned.

“Oh, but the Roman Catholic Church will certainly ordain women one day,” Dr George Carey once told me. No it won’t. Why do Anglicans find this so hard to grasp? When Pope John Paul II decreed that the Church does not have the authority to ordain women, he was reiterating a teaching that has never changed. It was, nonetheless, a historic declaration, for it meant that henceforth the Church could ordain women only by denying that the Pope has the divine authority to define an unalterable doctrine...
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2 comments:

John Hetman said...

It's always nice to still hear from one of the leading members of the self-exterminating crowd, the Reverend Dr. Rowan Williams, as he masters the art of turning humans into lemmings.

Sarah said...

I love how so many people claim "PROGRESS! EQUALITY!" while ordaining woman "priests". Don't you think that Jesus himself could and would have included women in His chosen group of Apostles if He meant to?

Christ to me is the model of equality and progress- His death and resurrection enabled us to become equally beloved as children of God. His saving act on the cross was the most definitive act of human "progress" in the entire course of history. Whereas before we could never hope for a true reconciliation for our sins, His sacrifice ensured equal access to God's grace for everyone- progress that brought TRUE hope and change to humanity.

So that being said, it stands to reason that if the One who came to save us, fully vested with the divine powers of the Father Who sent Him, did not select women as Apostles and priests for His new Kingdom, who are we to presume that we know better?

His Heart is hurting from this clear lack of trust and obedience to Him from one entrusted with much responsibility in shepherding His children.


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