Saturday, April 14, 2012

Indy Woman Ordained a Priest?

This is a joke from WTHR. This shows what happens when people separate themselves from the Rock. These women won't be excommunicated by the Church because, according to Church teaching, they DE FACTO excommunicate themselves through this action. In fact, Rome clarified just last year that because of the harm that fake ordinations do to the Body of Christ, one can not even simply confess the sin to a priest, the forgiveness of such a sin must be sought directly from Rome.

These people aren't Catholic, it isn't a real ordination, she wasn't ordained a deacon, this isn't new, it has been going on for millenia. Pray for their conversion!

What does the Church teach on ordaining women? Sister Sara Butler, a respected theologian around the world and a member of the International Theological Commission, has written a fantastic and succinct work on the matter titled, “The Catholic Priesthood and Women.” She goes through the various arguments that have been posited since John Paul II said in 1990 in his letter Ordinatio Sacerdotalis that “In order that all doubt may be removed regarding a matter of great importance….I declare that the Church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women and this judgment is to be definitively held by all the Church’s faithful.” The main argument that the Church makes, and that Butler helps clarify as well, is that Christ chose 12 men. Since that is what Christ did, that is what the Church does.

There are many arguments that people love to put up against this, most notably the idea that Christ COULD NOT have chosen women or he would have been dismissed for doing so. The answer to that, in my mind, is that the Christ of the Gospels was a man who, at every turn, upset the established order. He seems to have been going to the synagogue mostly to heal people on the Sabbath, as Chesterton notes, he was a man who threw the furniture of the temple down the front steps when he cast out the money changers, he left no stone unturned in regards to opportunities to break down cultural or religious barriers – and yet he only chose 12 men to be his Apostles.

From this point Butler chronicles the many different reasons posited through the years as to why Christ MAY have chosen only men, and she lays them out beautifully while also meeting the critiques of those arguments cogently.