Thursday, May 31, 2018
Vatican Ban on Women Priests as Definitive is Example of Sexism on Divine Steroids, Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP
My Response: In a May 29 article in Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, Cardinal-elect Luis Ladaria, head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, wrote that “Christ wanted to give this sacrament [of holy orders] to the twelve apostles, all men, who, in turn, transmitted it to other men. The Vatican's blaming God and Jesus for its own patriarchal teaching banning women priests is deeply sexist and violates the fundamental identity of women as images of Christ. As many theologians have pointed out and I have repeated over and over---this teaching ignores the biblical text and centuries of scholarly research because Jesus did not ordain the twelve apostles or anyone else at the Last Supper. Cardinal Ladaria's message is an example of sexism on divine steroids- only males have been called and ever will be called to the all-male Roman Catholic priesthood - and you can blame Jesus and God that women cannot be ordained.
Our international Roman Catholic Women Priests Movement is grounded in the example of Jesus who called women and men as disciples and equals. We are living prophetic obedience to the Spirit by disobeying an unjust man-made Canon law, and we are creating a more inclusive compassionate and loving community of faith that welcomes the marginalized members of our church and treats everyone as beloved sisters and brothers.
Bridget Mary Meehan #womenpriestsnow, https://arcwp.org, email@example.com