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Why Women cannot become priests....

The Catholic Church does not ordain women as priests. Why is this so and how can the Church continue in a policy that seems so unfair and at variance with the fact that most other denominations now have women ministers?
 
This question is frequently asked today and seems more urgent when, as you note, other denominations have women ministers. There is also today a stronger sense that all opportunities should be available to everyone.
 
The most immediate answer as to why the Church does not ordain to the priesthood is that the Church cannot do so. Sometimes we think today that our Church is free to do whatever she wants. But the fact is that the Church is bound to hand on what she has received. When Jesus established the priesthood, he chose from among all his many disciples (which included many prominent women) twelve men whom he named “Apostles.” This call of the Apostles is the origin of the priesthood. Jesus called only men to this office. It is hard to argue, as some do, that Jesus had to comply with the norms of his day and thus had no real choice. The fact is that Jesus broke many conventions of his time and exhibited considerable freedom in interpreting the Law. He was more than willing to engage in controversy where necessary. Jesus himself established the priesthood calling only men and the Church has no authority to overrule Jesus, Sacred Scripture, or the established Apostolic Tradition in this regard. Both John Paul II and Paul VI indicated this very clearly. Here is What Pope John Paul wrote in 1994: “Therefore, in order that all doubt may be removed regarding a matter of great importance, a matter which pertains to the Church’s divine constitution itself, in virtue of my ministry of confirming the brethren (cf. Lk 22:32) I declare that the Church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women and that this judgment is to be definitively held by all the Church’s faithful.” (Ordinatio Sacerdotalis, 4).  Therefore, the Church must hand on what we have received from Christ and the Apostles even if this teaching is not currently popular or in conformity with other modern practices.
As to the question of fairness, I would point out that it is possible to observe differences in regard to roles in the Church without an indication of inequality. Whatever roles individuals fill in the Church, all are equally baptized, all are equally children of the Father, and all are equal in dignity. This is what Paul wrote in First Corinthians 12:
14Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. 15If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body… 17If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be… 21The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!”
http://blog.adw.org/2009/02/why-are-women-not-able-to-be-priests/

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    Re: Why Women cannot become priests.... 2016/02/27 15:05:20 (permalink)
    The role in the Church should not be determined by men. It should be determined by God. Jesus never said women cannot be priests. This is falsely inferred to exclude women and keep the boys club in tact.
    The body part analogy is false. Women can aspire to all parts of the Church and are not relegated to only one part of the Body of Christ.
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    Re: Why Women cannot become priests.... 2016/03/11 18:08:11 (permalink)
    Women cannot be priests because they have something powerful within them that makes men tremble: menses, a direct access to unseen energies. This idea comes from a priest that wrote under a pseudonym, Johannes Abbas, in a book titled Misión de Sangre (Mission of Blood). It is a pity this book has never been translated. It describes the mass as a ritual of magic that has not changed in hundreds of years.  There is a reason for that. Men have insulted  the Divine Feminine for eons.
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    Re: Why Women cannot become priests.... 2016/04/10 21:55:24 (permalink)
    The only thing preventing women from being priests is male prejudice.
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    Re: Why Women cannot become priests.... 2016/04/11 12:06:19 (permalink)
    I could be mistaken, but I believe it was the Council of Laodicea (352 CE) that forbade women to be priests.
    Whereas we see that in early Christianity, that women were in the priesthood. This is shown both within the canonical, the gnostic Christian writings and early Church history of the first Christian churches.  Some women were even regarded as Apostles of Christ, as well as others holding senior positions in the priesthood. Likewise Judaism has a few women prophets.  The Church basically has no lawful authority to deny women into the Priesthood.  
     
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    Re: Why Women cannot become priests.... 2016/04/12 05:51:46 (permalink)
    Yeshua (Jesus) did NOT make any one a priest. By reasoning that Jesus had to make priests means neither male nor females can be priests in Christianity. This is a nonsense.  Paul was not made an apostle by Yeshua, there is also St. Barnabas another apostle.  Also the women Junia, is called an apostle; as well as other women such as Mary of Magdala (in the Christian gnostic non-canonical scriptures); Joanna, Susanna,  Prisca and Priscilla are among numerous others mentioned. While Yeshua had twelve disciples which were may and many others. Jewish tradition was a very male based society and this is the reason for having chosen the 12 male disciples.  This itself does not mean he did not have female disciples are part of his group.  
     
    The Church should be more concerned about not honouring the Sabbath as commanded by G-d and followed by Jesus.  There is NOT one scriptural basis for Sunday worship, it is a fake tradition of the Church which the Bible itself rejects all those whom worship in accordance to tradition rather than the command of G-d.
     
    Women priests fine.. Failure to honour the Sabbath is not.
     
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