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Why can women not be Catholic priests?

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2011-02-15 19:19:40
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1. This is not a decision of men, but of God. God decided that women bring men into the world. Jesus sent men to evangelize. There were women with Jesus as well. The Gospel mentions a few of them: firstly, Mary, the mother of Jesus; Mary Magdalene, His disciple and one of the first witnesses to the resurrection; Mary and Martha, the sisters who offered him hospitality in Bethany. They received of Jesus their own ministry. Mary is the most perfect creature, she brought forth Jesus and gave Him His human nature. Our salvation is born from her, yet she was not ordained. Women have other ministries in the Church, but not the priesthood, because of the will of God. This is why the Pope cannot change the Tradition. It's not his affair, but God's.

2. The tradition that men are priests goes back to the apostles of Jesus. Peter was Jesus' rock, or second in command, and went on to become the leader of the early Christian church. Women play what could be called ancillary roles as nuns and sisters, as did the women who followed Jesus. These traditional views are often seen as bigoted and are openly debated by those seeking leniency in tradition's interpretation and application.

These days, Tradition is still upheld; the Catholic Church's is notorious for resistance to change.

3. The Church has always followed the practice of Christ Himself, who ordained only men to be bishops, priests, and deacons. In 1994, Pope John paul II reaffirmed this 2000 year old tradition, declaring himself without authority to change it, while reaffirming that "The presence and the role of women in the life and mission of the Church, although not linked to the ministerial priesthood, remain absolutely necessary and irreplaceable." This issue is part of the much larger and holistic subject of the role of sexuality in human experience as understood by the Catholic Church, which has always understood both men and women to be made in the image of God. For more information, see The Theology of the Body and Ordinatio Sacerdotalis. Answer

It all also goes back to Jesus Christ himself implementing the pristhood at the Last Supper. While in the upper room, Jesus was only surrounded by his 12 disciples which were all men. Although he had many other followers, including his Mother Mary, he was surrounded by only men at the Last Supper where he instituted the Eucharist which is the true Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the example he left to show us and the Catholic Church still holds this rule.

4. because of the choices God made. In the time the Catholic Church was established virtually all pegan religions had "preistesses." The people whom ordain prestesses do so with out the authority or the Church, and have hence been threatened with excommunication. At the time the universal church was established it was unheard of to see the amount of involvement that was given to women as nuns. So it is less a problem with tradition and more with the will of god.

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