Pope upholds women’s dignity but keeps door shut on ordinations

Seems like the media weren’t too eager to report this paragraph from the Holy Father’s Apostolic Exhortation. It’s a pretty profound paragraph. Clearly, the Holy Father understands that calls for the ordination of women find their root in a disordered power struggle between women and men in the Church.

104. Demands that the legitimate rights of women be respected, based on the firm conviction that men and women are equal in dignity, present the Church with profound and challenging questions which cannot be lightly evaded. The reservation of the priesthood to males, as a sign of Christ the Spouse who gives himself in the Eucharist, is not a question open to discussion, but it can prove especially divisive if sacramental power is too closely identified with power in general. It must be remembered that when we speak of sacramental power “we are in the realm of function, not that of dignity or holiness”.[73] The ministerial priesthood is one means employed by Jesus for the service of his people, yet our great dignity derives from baptism, which is accessible to all. The configuration of the priest to Christ the head – namely, as the principal source of grace – does not imply an exaltation which would set him above others. In the Church, functions “do not favour the superiority of some vis-à-vis the others”.[74] Indeed, a woman, Mary, is more important than the bishops. Even when the function of ministerial priesthood is considered “hierarchical”, it must be remembered that “it is totally ordered to the holiness of Christ’s members”.[75] Its key and axis is not power understood as domination, but the power to administer the sacrament of the Eucharist; this is the origin of its authority, which is always a service to God’s people. This presents a great challenge for pastors and theologians, who are in a position to recognize more fully what this entails with regard to the possible role of women in decision-making in different areas of the Church’s life.

One thought on “Pope upholds women’s dignity but keeps door shut on ordinations

  1. Nonsense. This is false ecumenism. It is more of the confusing watering down of the One True Catholic Faith and. gobbledygook we have been fed for years and it is just more of the same which leads people more and more away from the One True Faith which can be found in the Catholic Church alone. False Ecumenism is believing that all different faiths can pray together to the same god. This is a diabolical lie. There is One Blessed HOLY Trinity God The Father Son Jesus Christ and The |Holy Ghost and we pray through the Intercession of Our Blessed Virgin and Mother and Queen and Co-Redemptress. This the result of “progress”, and this ismore of the church of nice.
    Lord Have Mercy

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