30 May 2008

Surprise! "Womenpriests" Object to CDF's Excommunication Decree

At the end of a long and tiring day, I was able to enjoy a good chuckle while reading the so-called "romancatholicwomenpriests" press release in response to the decree from the Congregation for the Faith declaring that those who try to be, or make, "womenpriests" incur excommunication latae sententiae.

Feel free to read the release here.  WARNING:  It contains stellar reasoning such as the following gem:

In obedience to Jesus, we are disobeying an unjust law. The Catholic Church teaches that a teaching or law of the church is authoritative only if it is “received” by the sensus fidelium, the community of faith. If the community of faith does not accept the law, it has no effect on us. All people have a moral obligation to disobey an unjust law. St. Augustine taught that an unjust law is no law at all. Since 70% of U.S. Catholics favor women’s ordination and a growing majority of Catholics worldwide also favors women’s ordination, we do not “receive” or accept the Church's prohibition against the ordination of women and the church’s continued reliance on sexist metaphors, beliefs and assumptions for denying ordination to women.

Oof.

3 comments:

Br. Andrew M. McAlpin, O.P. said...

I have nothing to add. This type of reasoning is obviously the product of a failed educational program. Let's face it, since the sisters left the schools to pursue "other" ministries, catholic education has had a tough time. Witness this nonsense.

Any pro-women's ordination folks out there who want to present a stronger case need to read Sr. Sara Butler's "The Catholic Priesthood and Women: A Guide to the Teaching of the Church".

If you cannot refute the arguments presented in this book, you must abandon your position now.

thetimman said...

Mike, I accidentally deleted your comment-- I hit the wrong button. Mea culpa. Please post again if you like.

Timothy said...

Greetings! Saw your post in Google Blogsearch and came to read. My thanks to Br McAlpin for telling us about Sr. Sara's book. I've added it to my apologetics bookmarks.

God bless...

+Timothy