THE POPE REITERATES WHAT I HAVE TAUGHT FOR 40 YEARS AS TO WHY IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR THE CHURCH TO ORDAIN WOMEN—IT IS BASED ON THE SPOUSAL RELATIONSHIP OF CHRIST, THE GROOM AND THE CHURCH HIS BRIDE, WHICH THE PRIEST AND THE MASS SIGNIFY IN A SACRAMENTAL WAY.
NO TO THIS:
YES TO THIS:
This is from the National Chismatic Reporter which must be whaling or wailing, your choice, and gnashing their teeth! They've been fishing for heterodoxy for a long time!!!! And whaling now is illegal as is heterodoxy!
In the apostolic exhortation, Francis acknowledges there are communities across the Amazon that have preserved in faith "because of the presence of strong and generous women who, undoubtedly called and prompted by the Holy Spirit, baptized, catechized, prayed and acted as missionaries."
But the pontiff warns against the church restricting its understanding of itself to a consideration only of its "functional structures."
"Such a reductionism would lead us to believe that women would be granted a greater status and participation in the Church only if they were admitted to Holy Orders," he says.
"But that approach would in fact narrow our vision; it would lead us to clericalize women, diminish the great value of what they have already accomplished, and subtly make their indispensable contribution less effective," he continues.
Turning to how the church understands the role the priest plays during the Mass, Francis states: "Jesus Christ appears as the Spouse of the community that celebrates the Eucharist through the figure of a man who presides as a sign of the one Priest."
"This dialogue between the Spouse and his Bride, which arises in adoration and sanctifies the community, should not trap us in partial conceptions of power in the Church," the pope says.
My comments: Holy Father, laymen too have preserved the Faith in the absence of a priest in many places. Just think of Korea which preserved the Faith of the preVatican II Church centuries ago.
And in terms of big lavish signs for the Sacraments, make sure we ordain big, manly men with muscles and facial hair produced by high levels of testosterone! That will please modern liturgists!