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Women And The Catholic Church
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Women and the Catholic Church.

An often heard remark about the Catholic Church is about why they don’t ordain women. The comments are made in relation to the declining numbers of priests as well as a supposed unfairness towards women. The people who usually bring up these issues are almost always not Catholic, so don’t have a particularly good understanding of Catholicism.

First, the reason women are not ordained priests has nothing to do with any type of prejudice or misogyny. The motivation for the Roman Catholic Church (and the Eastern Orthodox) to not have woman priests is mainly because of their belief in the sacredness of not only Scripture but in Holy Tradition. According to Scripture and Tradition, nobody, not even the Pope can change a constitutive element of the Sacrament of Holy Orders. So it’s actually fairly simple, since a male is required by Scripture and Tradition, the Church will never ordain women.

Jesus never called a woman to be an Apostle; even with the strong women around him, he had other important roles reserved for them. The Church is also considered to be his bride. Jesus is seen as the Father and the Church the Mother. During the mass the priest is acting as a fill in for Jesus, and a woman priest would not fit this holy re-enactment.

While it’s typical for the popular culture to portray women as second class citizens in the Catholic Church, nothing could be further from the truth. Women hold positions of power and influence throughout the Church. Canon lawyers, judges and pastoral workers are just some of the positions of women in the Church, and they are an integral part of the workings both locally and nationally. In Marriage, it is recognized that men and women have different roles, but that they are 100% full and equal partners. Many women have been saints and doctors of the Church. Yes, women cannot be priests and have special roles in marriage and other arenas, but they have always been a respected and extremely critical part of the church. Ask any nun or religious laywoman if they feel like second class citizens, or better yet ask someone who was taught or raised by Catholic women if they thought these women were not qualified or second rate!

One of the many strengths of the Catholic Church is not jumping on the latest pop culture fads or the latest “New Age religion” to appease so-called modern (humanist) viewpoints. The proven Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition are the basis for guidance and direction. This is the reason that the Church has survived thru hard times and good times for 2,000 years. It’s also the explanation of why it’s the beacon of hope, inspiration and strength for over a billion Catholics.


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Hello, while I am not catholic, I do have experience with working in a monastery... There are pros and cons, but I have witnessed the fact that being a roman catholic preist is a very disciplining and challenging lifestyle. It is not for women at all

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