Monday, October 27, 2008

Catholic Church Takes Another Step Towards Women's Ordination

The Synod of Bishops that recently met in Rome to discuss the Bible voted 191 to 45 in favor of officially installing women as lectors. In the 1970's, Paul VI opened this up to lay men, but excluded women because it had traditionally been a step for seminarians on their path to ordination. While I'm not under the delusion that most of these bishops support women's ordination, I think that this is a step in the right direction. I'm not aware of any diocese that installs laymen as lectors because it would be demeaning for the women who could not be installed.

Technically, lay people that read the Scriptures at mass are temporary lectors, which is why they can read without being installed. While the bishops made this recommendation to the pope, it is in Benedict's court if he will act on it. In either case, I think it is positive news that the bishops gathered in Rome realize the hypocracy of only allowing men to be installed as lectors. Hopefully, this is another step towards realizing the hypocracy of not ordaining women.

A Faithful Catholic


Dad29 said...

Hope Jack holds his breath waiting for B-16 to approve that...

CatholicSoldier said...


That has to be one of the funniest Blog Titles I've ever seen. They did no such thing. Women cannot be priests, it is not within the Catholic Church's faculties to ordain women to that state. If you really feel so strongly, there are a number of Episcopal Churches in Milwaukee that also conveniently enough, have chosen to turn away from a number of other basic tenets of Christian Morality and Teaching.

Faithful Catholic said...

Next time you get a chance, you should ask Dolan if no women priests is "basic tenet" of Christian morality and teaching. That's ludicrous. I'm trying to imagine Jesus talking about love of neighbor, the kingdom of God, and how women cannot preside over transubstantiation. That does not seem to fit his basic teachings

CatholicSoldier said...

Who did he choose for Apostles? Who were the 12 again?

Oh yeah, that's right, they were men. That is not to imply that women do not have a valued and important role in the Faith, but it is not for the Charism of Holy Orders.

The Church does not have the faculty to ordain women as has been emphatically taught by the Catholic Church. The issue is closed. You can dream all you want, but if you want "female priests", I suggest you attend the Episcopal Church or the fake "catholic" services of the "Roman Catholic womenpriests" which in terms of theology are neither Christian nor Catholic.