Monday, June 7, 2021

New canon on women's ordination nothing new, can be changed by Phyllis Zagano, My Response

 Can. 1379 § 3. Both a person who attempts to confer a sacred order on a woman, and the woman who attempts to receive the sacred order, incur a latae sententiae excommunication reserved to the Apostolic See; a cleric, moreover, may be punished by dismissal from the clerical state."

"The best news in all this came at a press conference when Bishop Juan Ignacio Arrieta, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, answered an interesting question. Catholic News Service asked why the revised canon does not specify priestly ordination, thereby leaving open the question of women deacons. After all, there is now a second study commission on women deacons."

Arrieta said that law reflects current church teaching, and "If we come to a different theological conclusion, we will modify the norm." 

Code of Canon Law books for the Latin and Eastern Catholic churches are pictured in Rome at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in this Sept. 15, 2016, file photo. (CNS/Paul Haring)
My Response: Millions of Catholics have already come to a different  theological conclusion including contemporary theologians, inclusive Catholic ecclesial communities and even some bishops who support the ordination of women.

 The real scandal or "crime" is the not women's ordination, but the centuries-old misogyny of the hierarchy.  
Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP,


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