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  /   Tuesday April 08, 2003  

I found out about this story on two different blogs. Is it just me, or is only the Catholic Church expected by our media to host people who dissent from our teaching? The NAACP would never be called bigoted because they refused to allow the Ku Klux Klan to meet in their meeting space. Interesting that the pastor consulted “staff members and parishioners” but conveniently didn’t consult the Archbishop. He needs to be sent to a monastery to pray and do penance before he damns himself. Let’s pray for him.

He should probably also be sent back to an orthodox seminary because there is obviously a problem with his knowledge of the faith. Let’s read . . .

“I do have a personal opinion. I am grateful to Mr. George Weigel and the clarification he offered in his column on March 20 in the Catholic Herald. He said that the Holy Father’s teaching about the current war with Iraq is not to be considered binding: ‘such statements do not constitute, and cannot constitute, an exercise of the papal magisterium. They are to be carefully and respectfully considered as the prudential judgments of experienced churchmen,'” said Cooper.

“Therefore one can conclude that the United States war with Iraq is moral and justifiable. By that same standard, the question of whether or not women and married men should be allowed into Holy Orders may be handled on the same basis. It has nothing to do with morality. It has nothing to do with our doctrinal faith …. It is a tradition of the Catholic Church. But traditions have and do change.”

Fr. Cooper, the problem that you run into is that the teaching regarding the ordination of women does constitute an exercise of papal magisterium. The following statement appears in Ordinatio Sacerdotalis (On Reserving Priestly Ordination to Men Alone) but not in any statement regarding the war on Iraq:

Wherefore, in order that all doubt may be removed regarding a matter of great importance, a matter which pertains to the Church’s divine constitution itself, in vitue of my ministry of confirming the brethren (cf. Lk 22:32) I declare that the Church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women and that this judgment is to be definitively held by all the Church’s faithful.

Therefore, any protest or prayer service in favor of women’s ordination is not the movement of the Holy Spirit but of the Devil. This matter is definitively closed. The Pope has not invoked such authority concerning the war with Iraq, and therefore the two teachings cannot be equated.

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