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October 2, 2006 at 12:05 am #1407
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Published September 30, 2006
Bridget Mary Meehan, recently ordained Roman Catholic woman priest, will celebrate a Community Mass in Arlington, Va. on October 1 at 11:00 am at the Barcroft House located at 800 S. Buchanan Street Arlington, VA 22204. She was ordained to the priesthood on a chartered boat on the Three Rivers in Pittsburgh on July 31, 2006 by Roman Catholic Womenpriests.
“We support and honor Bridget Mary Meehan, who has taken prophetic steps to obey God’s call in her life,” stated Aisha Taylor, WOC’s Executive Director. “This Community Mass will be a significant and joyous event indeed! We applaud Bridget Mary for her courage and genuine desire to serve the People of God.”
For thirty one years, the Women’s Ordination Conference (WOC) has advocated for women’s ordination in the Roman Catholic Church, with the mission of creating renewed priesthood in an inclusive church.
“In Early Christianity, women played critical roles in spreading Jesus’ message. Today, women are called to do the same through ordination,” stated Taylor. Dr. Dorothy Irvin has published calendars that contain photographs of archaeological evidence showing women ordained as priests, deacons, and bishops in the early Christian church. “Dr. Irvin’s calendars show us that women’s ordination is a part of our historical roots. We are simply asking the Vatican to re-instate the tradition of women’s ordination.”
October 1 is the feast of St. Therese of Lisieux, patron saint of women’s ordination and equality for women in ministry. She felt called to be a priest in a Church that would not test her call. She prayed for death at 24, the age of ordination, so she could celebrate in heaven at the age men could celebrate the Eucharist on earth. Womanpriest Bridget Mary Meehan has chosen this special date for the Community Mass to honor St. Therese of the Child Jesus.
“We believe the people participating in this Community Mass are modeling a renewed Roman Catholic Church and in this way transforming it. We call on all Catholics to continue to change unjust systems in the Church we love and to live and share their faith in community – what we call a ‘discipleship of equals.’ We pray that the Spirit will guide us in these uncharted waters.” Taylor concluded.October 2, 2006 at 12:14 am #7030
:rolleyes: “But It’s Always Been That Way”
Rome alleges that the church has always prohibited women from the priesthood. The tradition of not ordaining women was built, however, on theological and cultural beliefs that have been discredited. Just as Rome’s belief in the creation of the universe in six days, or that the earth is the center of the universe are now acknowledged as untrue, so past arguments from tradition only have validity when the church possesses informed knowledge of the issue.
The church’s concept of women was based on what today we know are obvious falsehoods. Whether through ignorance, lies, misogyny or lack of scientific knowledge, the church thought of women as inferior, unclean and sinful creatures lesser in every way than men. For example, the Fathers of the church used obsolete and archaic ideas to support their position that women are inadequate to be ordained, such as the notion that God created women as inferior beings, and that men were superior to women in intelligence and character. Also they used the concept that God subjected women to men as a punishment for original sin and that women were ritually unclean.
Popes made mistakes in the past despite the guidance of the Holy Spirit. They have defended doctrines and practices which have afterwards proven erroneous. Thankfully, many of these errors have been nullified by other popes or councils. Most certainly, furtherOctober 2, 2006 at 1:59 am #7031
What a load of bullcrap.October 2, 2006 at 2:44 am #7032
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I saw the video on CNN.com. Quite…interesting.July 10, 2012 at 2:45 pm #10410
The priesthood should continue to only be open to men. The Man is the head of woman, not vice versa, so says the Bible 1 Corinthians 11:3July 12, 2012 at 7:29 am #10419
Pope John Paul II in writing on the subject stated that the Church has no authority to change what Jesus did, as he only ordained men to His priesthood, the Pope had no authority to change it.
It is a similar issue with the other sacraments. Only Grape wine and wheat bread (levened or unleavened, depending on one’s rite) may be used for the Eucharist.
Only potable water for Baptism.
Only a priest or bishop who is physically present for absolution. Not over the phone or internet as some denominations claim.
Why, well because Jesus established the Sacraments, and while the form is subject to the Church, the Matter was established by Christ Himself.
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