Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Male Priesthood Belongs to the Deposit of Faith

Will the Roman Catholic Church ever change its position on women and the priesthood?  No, and thankfully.

Is the doctrine, according to which, the Church cannot ordain women priests, as proposed in the apostolic Letter Ordinatio sacerdotalis “deemed definitive” and part of the deposit of faith?  The answer, approved by Pope Wojtyla, was “affirmative.” The Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith has explained that “this doctrine requires a permanent confirmation because, based God’s Word, written and constantly kept and applied in the Tradition of the Church since its origins, it was infallibly proposed by the ordinary and universal teachings of the Church” and thus, “it must be followed always, everywhere and by every faithful person, since it belongs to the deposit of faith.”

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