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Pope Re-confirms Female Priest Ban

Posted on May 31, 2008
Filed Under News, Religion, Women | 2 Comments

PhotobucketThe Vatican insisted Friday that it is properly following Christian tradition by excluding females from the priesthood as it issued a new warning that women taking part in ordinations will be excommunicated.

The move dashed the hopes both of women seeking to be priests and of Catholics who see that as an option for a church struggling to recruit men.

A top Vatican official said the church acted after what it described as “so-called ordinations” held in various parts of the world.

In March, the archbishop of St. Louis excommunicated three women — two Americans and a South African — for participating in a woman’s ordination. They were part of the Roman Catholic Women priests movement, which began in 2002.

Monsignor Angelo Amato of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said “The church does not feel authorized to change the will of its founder Jesus Christ,” The reference is to Christ’s having chosen only men as his Apostles. But, isn’t that Mary Magdalene sitting next to him at the Last Supper?

Catholics who are excommunicated cannot receive the sacraments. Amato says, “the penalty can be lifted if those so punished are sincerely repentant.” Huh?


2 Responses to “Pope Re-confirms Female Priest Ban”

  1. blixity on May 31st, 2008 6:40 pm

    it’s the 21st century, but hey who’s counting. yes, why not keep following jesus, who the church believes began the catholic practice of sexism and misogyny? the bible has become the easy excuse for ignorance, hatred, guilt, and fear. “because jesus said so” just doesn’t cut it anymore, boys. rock on, ladies!

  2. Nyna on June 4th, 2008 6:47 am

    It’s time for us to resurrect Goddess literature and prayers. The catholic church has proven again that we as women are unwanted and undervalued in their institution. Why keep beating our heads against a brick wall? Language in praise of the Goddess works for me! Where am I in the father, son and holy ghost? Nowhere. That’s the point!
    Mary was the name given to the Goddess for their purposes. Read ancient history. She’s there.