Another perspective on ad orientem--the priest leading
The National Anti-Catholic Reporter and fake catholics everywhere will now fall out of love with Pope Francis.
All Christian women participate in the priesthood of believers. This priesthood demands that we all offer ourselves to Christ, Who then offers us to His Father.That the priesthood in persona Christi capitis is always all-male has been clear enough for centuries.
Bee here:Funny, I didn't see this trumpeted in the national media anywhere. I first read it on a Catholic blog, and the secular media is either kind of equivocating or made it a short almost non-story:Reuters: Pope says he believes ban on female priests is foreverNY Times: Pope Francis Says Ban on Female Priests Is Likely to EndureBBC: no storyAP: Pope rules out women's ordination forever Washington Post: Pope Francis says the Catholic Church will probably never have female priestsSo we get headlines using words like "he believes," "likely," and "probably," which of course suggests "for now."Only AP reported it as "rules out...forever."When Francis said "who am I to judge?" the media pounced on that even when it did not mean what they wanted it to mean, and trumpeted it like he endorsed homosexuality as normal. But say women will never be priests...well, at best bury the story or don't report it, and just say "probably."What amazes me is when I read or hear a liberal say there is no bias in the media.... Bee
JP II did not prohibit women priests; he merely confirmed the (infallible) teaching of the Ordinary and Universal Magisterium that the Church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly Orders on women.The same would apply to the diaconate unless there is strong and incontrovertible evidence that the exercise of the diaconal function (as currently understood) by women was once a universal norm. No such evidence exists and it is hardly likely that the recently appointed commission will unearth any.
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