Sunday, August 7, 2005
Women in the Priesthood

This is a contemporary topic that has grown into a whole debate nowadays. Women cannot be priests because Jesus only ordained men - His disciples at the Last Supper. God is all power and knows the future, so if He knew this would clear up debate I'm sure He would have chosen a woman if women could be priests. But, since He did not, it is clear the Church holds no power to ordain women. Men and women are created differently and are not physically equal. In the same way, men and women have equally important roles in the spiritual life, but they are different roles.

However, women are in no way regarded lowly in the Catholic Church. Mother Mary is considered the highest of all saints and honored because she is the Mother of God. The Catholic Church also honors other saints that are women such as St. Joan of Arc, St. Mary Magdalene, St. Therese of Avila, St. Therese of Lisieux, and many others. The last one is even considered the most popular saint of modern times, so women are considered very important in the Catholic Church.

Women cannot be priests because it is a difference of roles in the gender. A man certainly can't be a mother, and a man can't be a nun either. Men and women have different roles as parents and also in other parts of society including religion. I don't mean to be sounding as if I think lowly of different people because of gender because that isn't true; however, I do believe men and women have different roles and the Catholic Church would love to see more nuns and religious sisters anyway.

More Information:

Read Ordinatio Sacerdotalis by Pope John Paul ll (The best thing that was written by him)

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