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A scholarly deconstruction of women’s ordination August 31, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Dallas Diocese, foolishness, General Catholic, North Deanery, sadness, scandals.

Fr. Phillip Neri Powell, O.P. Ph.D, pretty much demolishes all the arguments in favor of women pretending to be priests women’s ordination.  It’s a very long post, so just a few excerpts

First, notice the origin and ground of the objections. All of them are based on one or more of the following mistakes:

a) Priesthood is about power
b) “Access” to the priesthood is about rights and justice
c) The “exclusion” of women from the priesthood denies humanity of women. . .
d) . . .and it denies their proper place as potential “Christs for others”
e) All exercises of Church authority are excluding
f) Tradition is always about male privilege
g) Women would make better priests because of their natural empathy and compassion
h) Jesus’ exclusion of women from the priesthood was culturally based and therefore reformable
i) Scripture is silent on the nature of the priesthood b/c it is a third century invention of males
j). Women report feeling called to the ordained priesthood, therefore the Church ought to ordain them.

Let’s answer (briefly) each in turn.

Priesthood is about power. No, it’s not. Priesthood in the Catholic Church is about service. Do priests often mistake their office of service as a privilege in the use of power? Yup. But that’s an abuse of the office and in no way changes the actual nature of the office. Men are ordered to Christ, Head of the Church, to serve his people as he did: sacrificially in leadership. When supporters of women’s ordination (WO) claim that women must be allowed to share in the governance of the Church as priests, they mistake the office for a political one.

Access” to the priesthood is about rights and justice. Wrong again. The only right a Catholic has as a Catholic in the Church is the right and duty to serve others. Justice is getting what one deserves. No one–not even men–“deserve” to be ordained, to serve as ordained priests. To claim that ordination is a right is bizarre given that men are called by God and confirmed by the Church to be priests. This use of democratic rhetoric is attractive but misplaced. You cannot be the subject of an injustice if you have no right to that which you have been denied. I am not being treated unjustly b/c I cannot vote for the next Italian presidential election. 

The “exclusion” of women from the priesthood denies their humanity. In fact, the Church’s teaching on ordination reaffirms the humanity of women by clearly laying out what it means to be human, male and female.

It goes on quite a bit.  Read the whole thing, as it’s a very handy resource on one of the biggest points of confusion and misinformation in the Church today.
I do disagree to one degree, however – the priesthood is about power.  To the women.  They want that power they see the priesthood as encompassing.  And their allies among those in the Church who want to see it as a lay-run organization with, naturally, themselves as the key leaders, again, an exercise in obtaining power.  Acts of the Apostasy recently had a post on the very heretical and impertinent “Voice of the Faithful” sending an incredibly rude, condescending, and sophmoric letter to Pope Benedict XVI, urging him to adopt the whole leftist program – pro-contracept, pro-gay marriage, pro women’s make believe ordination, etc.  The way VOTF talks down to the Holy Father is truly mind boggling – again, power.   To wit:
This cancer is the clerical culture. It sprang up, as we all know, in the Rome of Theodosius, when Christian leaders began to develop a cultic priesthood modeled on that of pagan Rome. This gave newly recognized Christian priests a privileged status in society and the requirement of abstinence from sexual activity the night before officiating at the public ritual. Over the centuries, the clerical caste took on more and more of the feudal structures and trappings of power. Today the Roman Catholic Church looks like a large, wealthy, highly organized multinational corporation, curiously dressed in the pompous trappings of an ancient feudal monarchy. Its princely bishops and priestly vassals encircle their papal monarch pledging unconditional loyalty and obedience, while many of the faithful serfs continue to pay, pray and obey their exalted leaders.
And some say I’m too big for my britches.  My only words to the Holy Father would be “Yes, Your Holiness.” 


1. Chris Baker - September 2, 2010

Excellent run down. I’m also pleased to learn that Fr Philip Neri Powell has a blog! Just recently picked up his “Treasures Holy and Mystical” and his Novena Via Negative is one I’ll pray often.

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