Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Pope Francis Opens Door to Married Priests, Will Women Priests Be Far Behind?

 In 1976, the  Pontifical Biblical Commission concluded that there is nothing in the Bible to prohibit women priests. (This comes from Vatican's own scholars)
Historians affirm that women were ordained deacons, priests and bishops during the first 1200 years of church tradition. (See Gary Macy, The Hidden History of Women's Ordination)
Church councils tried to stop the practice. Check out Pope Gelasius' papal bull in fifth century!
We have close to 200 women priests in the international Roman Catholic Women Priests  movement now in 10 countries serving inclusive Catholic communities.  
The Risen Christ chose a woman, Mary of Magdala, to be the apostle to the apostles, to proclaim the Good News of Easter! 
The Vatican should follow Christ's example and the early church's tradition and affirm the full equality of women as spiritual equals in our church. Today more and more women are being called by God to serve as priests in inclusive, egalitarian communities of equals. Bridget Mary Meehan, www.arcwp.org

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