Why Should the Catholic Church consider ordaining Women as Priests?
Throughout history, only men have been allowed to become ordained (Catholic) priests, leaving the women-folk to remain on the "nun" side of Catholicism. Many Christian, Jewish, and other religions have little problem with ordaining females as religious leaders. Why should the Catholic church change its policy regarding women as Priests?
Yes, why should it?
The oldest form of Christianity, the Orthodox Church, does not ordain them either.
Another old Christian tradition, the coptic Church, does not ordain them either.
And finally, another old form, the Monophysite form as manifested in modern Armenian Church, does not ordain them either.
So why should the Catholic Church do it?
rosariomontenegro~ No fair answering a question with more questions! --he-he-he --
Mazzy: The Bible forbids women teaching at this capacity. If we follow mankind's, twisted desires, we may come to different conclusions. But, if one is serious about following the Word of God and His will, then we must fight the temptation to be "PC"
Women priests would be much less likely to engage in inappropriate activities with children. Apologies to the good guys out there, and I know women can be crazy, but in general the ones to be scared of are men.
Ciel Clark~ It is a shame that the good-guys out there must pay the price of ridicule due to the pitifully sexual-deviant few. It's like blaming all men drivers for the few guys who drink and drive. It's not fair. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
There is no reason the Catholic church should ordain women as priests. Throughout the years, authority has been vested in men as the head of the woman.
Again, truth passes over your lips like sweet honey. :0)
Yeah, and just look what they've done with it.
Tonipet~ Hmmm...I am pretty sure my mom ran our family, regardless of what my father said. I have always felt that families with strong matriarchal leadership do much better in life. I really appreciate that you share your feelings here. --cheers--
K9: It looks like Adam allowed Eve to dictate the pace in the Garden of Eden and look what she did with it. Matriarchal societies may work in the animal kingdom, but they don't work with human kind. Women pretty much run things now...to our detriment
@CJ Sledgehammer~ May I point out the health of world economy, war, and religion gone-a-muck these days? Pretty sure a dude has his hand on the tiller for this one, my friend. Sorry, I have to respectfully disagree with you on your point. Cheers~
In looking at the historical perspective, the Roman Catholic church has taken many liberties and heretical positions on Biblical doctrine. The pope has even said that church tradition is on even par with Biblical doctrine.
Who cares what the Roman Catholic church does? They have already proven time and again that they are about compromise and corruption, so it is just a matter of time before they violate the Biblical standard on women serving at this capacity.
Does the Bible say paedophilia is OK? I must have missed that verse.
CJ Sledgehammer~ It sounds as if you have a very passionate view on the topic. Thanks for commenting.
Mazzy: Please advise. I do not understand your reply in relation to my post. If we have learned one thing from the Catholic church, is that they do pretty much what they want, and Christ is nothing more than a selling point not unlike the LDS church.
Fine CJ. I would rather feel compunction in my heart than speak of it. I would rather embody truth than fuss over the pages of a book. I would rather love and feel God's presence and serve my fellow man
God is male, God is female and at the same time is beyond both male and female. Scriptures are full of women of God. Mirabai, Sojourner Truth, Julian of Norwich, Therea of Avila ... need I go on.
My experience is that all spiritual God-men, really had a go at the priests of the day and even religion, the Christ included.
Truly speaking, the Soul can be fed by a tree, a bird and other inanimate objects through inspiration. Let the woman embody God, then she will be able to transmit the same Light that the Christ did. He told us so: 'Greater works will you do ...."
True spirituality is within, not in robes or oche coloured clothes or 'habits', or even religion. It lies and is also awakened within the hearts of all. A saintly woman will offer as much as a saintly man. Many blessings.
Hello Mananita44-- I'm not religious, and I like your comments. Good women and good men have much to offer.
manatita44~ What a great answer! "A saintly woman will offer as much as a saintly man." Very well said!
Manatita: Your philosophy that "God is male, God is female" is not Biblical, hence it is lacking truth, and without truth, there can be no wisdom. Your words may seem wise to the unknowing, but it fails the Litmus Test for truth. Jesus is the truth.
I love it when people ask hot button questions. There are so many views and varying ways to answer the question you pose. For instance, being a non Catholic my gut response would be, "Why shouldn't women be ordained as Priests?" There are female Rabbis, female ministers and Reverends. If we live in a religious world that professes the virtues of equality, then doesn't it make sense that both sexes are afforded the same roles of leadership...even within the Catholic church?
However, because I am not a Catholic and due to the fact it is a religion that has a loyal following with parishioners who trust and believe in the Church doctrine, how am I in a position to pass judgement on their belief system? Personally, I do not follow Hinduism, Judaism, the Mormon Church, Seventh Day Adventist, and especially (sorry Tommie Cruise) Scientology and because I don't, it isn't my place to inflict my will upon them.
We find in life the things we trust and put our faith in. What works for me may not work for you. So, in that regard, it is entirely up to the Catholic community to decide their church tenets and doctrines and certainly not me, as an outsider.
pagesvoice~ Now this is the most honest answer I have yet to see. Thank you for being a reasonable voice on the question posed. I appreciate your comments.
If the Catholic church followed Christ and the Biblical standards He set in place, they should have no room to "decide their church tenets and doctrines...What works for me may not work for you." Sorry, but this sounds like moral relativism to me.
As far as I'm concerned, it's not about whether they ever will do it or not. It's about why. If the Catholic church claims to be lead by divine inspiration from God, but folds to the pressures of the world, where does their allegiance actually lie? If they feel that God wants them to expand the priesthood to both sexes, fine. But they should not do it because the world wants them to. And if they claim that it's what God wants, knowing that they're really caving to the pressures of the world, that doesn't exonerate them either.
But here's the thing. The Priesthood is meant to teach men to serve others. That's what motherhood does for women. 1 Timothy 2:15 even explicitly states "Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety."
Sure there are bad priests. But there are bad mothers as well. That just means that there are people out there who are completely botching it. Neither sex is intrinsically better. Just different.
+1 for your very thoughtful and excellent post. I agree wholeheartedly with everything you said.
Garlonuss, I appreciate this well thought out response to the question. Particularly liking, "Neither sex is intrinsically better. Just different." Great stuff! Thanks for playing along.
Thanks for the comments, guys. Now I'm not Catholic, and there are several religious organizations out there with whom I disagree. But, personally, I respect those who stick by their claims and are consistent in their efforts.
I don't think the catholic church should change its policy in this aspect or in any other due to the pressure of public opinion.I'm a catholic and there are many things I don't agree with the catholic church, but even in those cases I don't think the church should change. I think the greatest ecumenical quality of the church is that there are people as conservative as the founder of the opus dei to people as myself who believe in liberation theology, but we are simply men,and the holy mother church transcends our mundane worries and tribulations to be a place where our soul and our spirit can find nourishment.
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