America Magazine: Ordaining women to the priesthood will not fix the church’s institutional problems

Pia de Solenni writes in the America Magazine:

When the Catholic Church officially addresses the question of whether women can be ordained to the priesthood, as it did in “Ordinatio Sacerdotalis,” the answer is generally something along the lines of: “It can’t be done.” To the modern ear that “can’t” is jarring. After all, the history of humanity is very much a history of proving that we can do something that we couldn’t do before. And the Christian faith expands human capabilities well beyond natural limits.

So when she says she “can’t,” the church must be drawing from a deep biblical, historical and theological tradition, as Avery Dulles, S.J., noted in “Gender and Priesthood: Examining the Teaching.” And that reality raises another possibility: Perhaps when we ask if women can be ordained, we are asking the wrong question.

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  1. Joe O'Leary says:

    America Magazine: Ordaining women…

    This article made me think of angels dancing on pins and deckchairs being rearranged.

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