Friday, December 16, 2011

"Infallibility" and Equality in Catholicism by Sister Chris Schenk, csj / Excellent article

http://futurechurch.org/fpm/infallibility.htm
Some conclusions and some questions:

It appears that the Vatican is being deluged with faithful Catholic people who, far from having "doubts" about the teaching on the non-ordination of women, are in fact actively in favor of ordaining them.


Could this issue have more to do with Church politics than with theology? Given the fact that there is a Eucharistic famine all over the world because of the priest shortage, wouldn't it make more sense for our leadership to be thinking about who they can include in the priesthood rather than who they want to leave out?


Presuming that Catholics must accept the non-ordination of women, what will the all male church hierarchy do to actively implement women's equality (which they are always so careful to say they support) in the church? Where are the women Cardinals? How may qualified women participate in the selection of the next Pope? What dioceses will be open for qualified women to govern, much as the medieval abbesses functioned as Bishops?


Vatican officials delight in saying that women are "different but equal." Unfortunately ,only men have defined this kind of "equality." Women have been forbidden to join the conversation, and when they do try to offer a different theological perspective based on recent biblical scholarship, efforts are made to brand them as heretics. "Equality" seems to mean that male Catholics are equally entitled to make the rules and female Catholics are equally entitled to obey them.


Somehow, I can¹t believe that this was what Jesus had in mind when he commissioned Magdalen to go and tell her fellow apostles that He had, indeed, risen from the dead

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Given the fact that there is a Eucharistic famine all over the world because of the priest shortage"

There are few shortages in dioceses that are faithful to the Church and her teachings! If anything, these dioceses are experiencing a surplus of vocations and they are sending seminarians to other parts of the world. The dioceses struggling to nurture priestly vocations are the ones with progressive bishops endorsing, silently or otherwise, the same heresy promoted by WOC and this ARCWP.

"Somehow, I can¹t believe that this was what Jesus had in mind when he commissioned [Mary] Magdalen to go and tell her fellow apostles that He had, indeed, risen from the dead"

What exactly did Jesus have in mind then when he invited his twelve male Apostles to dine with Him at the Last Supper? Or what did he have in mind when He selected twelve men to be His Apostles in the first place? Also keep in mind that Mary was chosen by Christ to deliver the good news to... drum roll... the male Apostles! She wasn't commissioned by the Lord to go out into the world and do the work herself, but to alert the male Apostles that Christ had risen in order to strengthen their faith and prepare them for the task of building up the Church.

Anonymous said...

In the world of Catholic Veritas, Galileo Was Wrong. Why? Simply because it says so at http://veritas-catholic.blogspot.com/2007/08/galileo-was-wrong-volume-ii-released.html.

In the world without sunspots Where Galileo is wrong, truth is reached and preached whilst standing on one's head. Anything else is a pack of lies, lies, lies.

For those who live in the world of documented facts and care to read, twenty-five years ago, "43% of all parishes worldwide have no priest at all according to figures found in the 1988 Vatican directory. More women are functioning in ministerial roles than ever before. In fact according to CatholicTrends...1,068 of the world's parishes are entrusted to nuns and 1,614 to lay people (in contrast to 1978 when 464 were entrusted to nuns and 458 to lay leaders, both men and women.)"

Eighteen years ago, "In 1993, 110 U.S. Bishops voted successfully against the draft pastoral letter containing the ordination ban [against women]".

Thirty-five years ago, "In 1976 the Vatican's own Pontifical Biblical Commission found nothing in Scripture which would prohibit the ordination of women."

Two hundred seventy years ago, in 1741, Pope Benedict XIV authorized the publication of an edition of Galileo's complete scientific works.

Because that Benedict Was Wrong, wrong, wrong.

Anonymous said...

Gerald, you say a lot of words with little meaning.

Anonymous said...

It actually depends on the meaning of the word Veritas. Sometimes, it hurts.