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July 21, 2008

Three Catholic Women To Become Priest?

In Boston three women are planning on being ordained in the Catholic Church this weekend. The Vatican is throwing a fit of course and saying that the women will be excommunicated if they go through with this. As has been proven time and time again, the Catholic Church is still living in the Dark Ages.

Gabriella Velardi Ward is a Staten Island architect with two children. She is 61 and also has three grandchildren as well. She says that she has wanted to be a priest since she was a child and thought about becoming a nun at one point. However, Ward says that the priesthood was the best way for her to go. Priest are allowed to celebrate the sacraments of the Catholic Church and nuns are not. Ward felt like her true calling was to the priesthood because she wanted to be able to celebrate the sacraments.

Gloria Carpeneto and Mary Ann McCarthy will also be ordained as Roman Catholic priests. Of course, the Vatican and the Boston Archdiocese has sent out e-mails about excommunication for any women that want to become priest and the priest that ordain the women. The stupid reason for this rule is based on the idea that Jesus did not have female Apostles, however, that rule itself has been challenged greatly over the past few decades.

As I always say, traditions are things that we do because we have always done them. Do not be afraid to wake up the next day and do something totally nontraditional. Let life take you where it must. Why rely on old rules set forth by a misogynist regime that may have altered information to fit what they wanted the rules to be?

The church where the women will be ordained has a female pastor who supports the ordaining of when. Dana Reynolds, a California woman who was consecrated as a bishop in Germany earlier this year will perform the ordination. All of the women involved are part of the Roman Catholic Womenpriests who recognize 28women priest worldwide.

The ordinations are valid, according to the group. The female priests were all ordained by bishops that were in good standing with the Vatican so they are valid, the group says. The bishops have not been identified by in order to protect them from being excommunicated.

There are some people that will not be pleased with the ordination of women. There are others that will rejoice. Not matter what the Vatican says, or how many people are happy or outraged, the ordinations will go on. Some people that identify themselves as Catholics are going to attend the churches that these ordained women lead. The Catholic Church can excommunicated people all they like but really, what does an excommunication mean?

If you have faith in a belief system then you are part of that belief system. Just because some people that are “running” the belief system that you identify with say that you are no longer part of it, does not dismiss you. Ordaining women should not cause such a stir in the Catholic Church but just because it does, there is no reason to think that it really means much in terms of who is and isn’t part of the Catholic Church.

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  1. Timothy | Jul 22, 2008 | Reply

    Greetings! Saw your post in Google Blogsearch and came to read.

    >”the Catholic Church is still living in the Dark Ages.”

    I certainly hope so. The misnamed “Dark Ages” were one of the most peaceful times in the Western world with much literature and art produced.

    >”The Catholic Church can excommunicated people all they like but really, what does an excommunication mean?”

    It means they are separated from the Church. From a secular stance, that’s seems no big deal. Attend Church somewhere else. From a meta-physical stance, its a very big deal and may effect a person’s eternity. Recall in Matthew 16:19 that Jesus gave authority to Peter saying “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” If this passage is true, as Catholics believe, then the excommunication will be held bound in heaven. Somewhere else becomes a very unpleasant thought.

    Regardless of the women’s actions, the Catholic and Orthodox Churchs will likely never ordain women as priests. The women’s modern heresy will eventually die out and the Church will continue on as it has past dozens of other heresies.

    God bless…

    +Timothy

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