Cardinal Says Woman Priests Some Day

Cardinal states that there is no theological reason why woman priests are a closed issue. Indicating that in Christ Jesus there is no distinction between male and female, the possibility that women can some day be ordained to the Catholic priesthood is now an open issue. What do you think? How will woman priests change the culture of the church? Is it a good change or not? There is no question that the priesthood is undergoing many fundamental challenges in the modern world of the 21st century. Will woman priests positively or negatively contribute to the future of the priesthood?

The Patriarch of Lisbon: “There are no theological reasons for excluding women from the priesthood”
José da Cruz Policarpo

José da Cruz Policarpo
As stated in an interview by Cardinal Jose da Cruz Policarpo, the issue is mainly a “strong tradition that comes from Jesus”
Andrea tornielli

There will be women a priest «when God wills», for the moment it is better «not to raise the issue». But there is «no fundamental obstacle», from «a theological perspective», for women to say mass on the altar. It is, instead, a «tradition» that dates back from the time of Jesus. This was said by Cardinal Jose da Cruz Policarpo, seventy-five year old Patriarch of Lisbon, who has just been confirmed for another two years at the head of the diocese of the Portuguese capital.

Polycarpo released a lengthy interview to the monthly «OA», the magazine of the Portuguese Order of Attorneys. He explained that with respect to women priests «the position of the Catholic Church is very much based on the Gospel, it does not have the independence of a political party or a government. It is based on fidelity to the Gospel, to the person of Jesus and to a very strong tradition received from the Apostles».

«John Paul II – continued Polycarp – at one point seemed to settle the matter». Reference is in the Apostolic Letter Ordinatio Sacerdotalis (1994), one of the shortest documents of John Paul II, with which the Pope, after the decision of the Anglican Communion to open to women priests, reaffirmed that the Catholic Church would never do so.

«I think – said Cardinal Polycarp – that the matter cannot be resolved like this. Theologically there is no fundamental obstacle (to women priests, ed.), let’s just say that there’s this tradition: it has never been done otherwise».

When asked by the interviewer, curious of the affirmation made by the cardinal that there are theological reasons against women priests, Polycarpo replied: «I think that there is no fundamental obstacle. It is a fundamental equality of all members of the Church. The problem is a strong tradition that comes from Jesus and the ease with which the Reformed churches have granted priesthood to women».

The Patriarch of Lisbon also explained that he believed the demand for women priests is a «false problem», because the same girls that pose the question, when he retorts if they would be willing to become priests, shake their head.

The statements made by the Portuguese Cardinal are intended to cause discussions. A year after the letter of John Paul II a question was in fact posed (dubium) to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, then headed by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger and secretary Tarcisio Bertone.

He wondered whether «the doctrine according to which the Church has no authority to confer priestly ordination on women, proposed in the Apostolic Letter Ordinatio Sacerdotalis, was to be considered permanent, to be regarded as belonging to the deposit of fait». The answer, approved by Pope John Paul II, was «yes».

The Congregation explained that «this teaching requires definitive assent, since, founded in the Word of God written and constantly preserved and applied in the Tradition of the Church from the beginning, it has been set forth infallibly by the ordinary and universal Magisterium», and therefore «must always be kept, everywhere and by all the faithful, because it belongs to the deposit of faith».


3 Responses to Cardinal Says Woman Priests Some Day

  1. Speaking-Up says:

    There were Priests and Priestesses in the ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman Religions. In the Reformed Churches, women have transitioned into religious and ecclesiastical roles. How long will the Roman Catholic Church continue to suppress women? How long will it continue to hurt children? How long will it continue to exclude other minorities? How long will it continue to abuse priests and nuns through the vows of poverty (minimum wage; dependent on the Church); vow of chastity (platonic friendships discouraged; dependent on the Superior); vow of obedience (surrender of free will to the Superior). Further, the religious are encouraged to grow in the virtues through Christ-like suffering, while dissenters are dismissed with tarnished reputations, social isolation, no pensions or health benefits, no marketable careers, no resources for legal recourse. Having fallen from the status of being a member of the clergy, some dissenters have ended up in Poor Houses or on the Streets. Who would dare speak-up against the power and might of the Vatican? Or is this sophisticated organization a semblance of the Roman Empire? The present situation of the Roman Catholic Church is bleak with its shortage of vocations, empty pews, angry parishioners, financial woes, civil and criminal law-suits, churches becoming museums, other religions taking over. Roman Catholic Men and Women need to support each other during these difficult times. Jesus said… : “Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall ” Luke 11:17 (NIV). It makes good sense and spiritual foresight to welcome, encourage and support Women Priests before it is too late.

  2. “Cardinal states that there is no theological reason why woman priests are a closed issue. Indicating that in Christ Jesus there is no distinction between male and female, the possibility that women can some day be ordained to the Catholic priesthood is now an open issue.”
    My web site Dr. Mazzi is:
    and many topics, including this one are discussed and researched , in depth, there.

    The quote of the Cardinal above is the closest thing to a “scriptural” statement by a Cardinal of the Roman rite that I can remember.

    26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
    GAL3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on
    GAL3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there
    is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
    GAL3:29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs
    according to the promise.
    However, the Cardinal solved nothing since Paul, who by inspiration wrote that scripture, no where says anything whatsoever about a “priesthood” in the Body of Christ. Christ is the only priest as revealed by Christ Himself to Paul.
    The question arises in my mind: what will the Roman magisterium do with their insistance that “the Church is Israel” if they were to come to a place of desiring to authorize women priests? Did Israel ever have “women priests” offering the sacrifices in the temple? Does scripture prophesy that when Israel is reborn and the sacrifices resume in Jerusalem there will be “women priests making the offerings?”

    In sum, Rome has a problem on its hands anytime scripture is brought to bear in correct context in my opinion. [And I am not alone.]

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