In today's New York Times, the Anglican/Episcopal Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams who is visiting the Vatican this week and will meet with Pope Benedict, asks and asserts the following:
"(He)asked why the ordination of women by some local Anglican churches had become a deal-breaker in Catholic-Anglican dialogue, in spite of the fact that the two religions had reached agreement on far more complex theological questions in the years since the Protestant Reformation.And he added a rebuke to the Catholic Church. “In what way,” he asked, does ordaining women as priests “compromise the purposes of the church?”"
Perhaps Archbishop Rowan Williams has been living under his great Cathedral in Canterbury where his Roman Catholic predecessor St. Thomas a' Becket inside that great cathedral was murdered for his allegiance to the pope and Catholic dogma. Does Archbishop Williams not see what has happened to his once great Anglican communion, that despite its pro-reformation theology and doctrines, at one time upheld basic Christian dogma and morality?
What has ordaining woman into their so-called Sacrament of Orders done? It has further undermined this great Catholic sacrament including the order of bishops and thus it has undermined and invalidated the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist, the source and summit of the Christian Church. If the bishop or priest which in Catholic dogma is meant to be a sacramental icon or sign of Jesus Christ the High Priest, Good Shepherd and Bridegroom of the Church, how can a woman be that image? Women cannot be husbands! It is against natural law and divinely revealed law in the Sacrament of Marriage as well as Scripture and Tradition. Oh, I forgot, Anglicans are not opposed to homosexual marriage--thus invalidating that great sacrament too! As well, they seem to be not opposed to a new form of infallibility that changes unchangeable truths.
So Archbishop Rowan Williams, please tell me how ordaining women into the sacramental order that is meant to show forth the headship of Christ, his husbandly duties and His ability to save us as the Great High Priest has not harmed your Anglican Communion, not to mention the invalidity of Anglican Orders in general?