The occasional, often ill-considered thoughts of a Roman Catholic permanent deacon who is ever grateful to God for his existence. Despite the strangeness we encounter in this life, all the suffering we witness and endure, being is good, so good I am sometimes unable to contain my joy. Deo gratias!

Friday, December 10, 2010

More on Women Priests

Pope Benedict, quoted in the book-interview with Peter Seewald, Light of the World: The Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times, states unequivocally that the Catholic Church cannot ordain women. 

Specifically, the pope said, "The church has 'no authority' to ordain women. The point is not that we are saying we don't want to, but that we can't...we are not a regime based on arbitrary rule. We cannot do what we want." 

He is, of course, only reaffirming what the Church has taught from the beginning, that Jesus, when He instituted the priesthood, restricted ordination to men, making this in essence "divine law", unchangeable by the Church.

Coincidentally, yesterday a friend sent me a link to a video interview with Linda Poindexter, a Maryland woman who was an Episcopal priest but subsequently converted to Catholicism. I throught her comments worth repeating here...

As many of the disciples said of Jesus' teachings, ""This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?"

God's peace...

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