Woman “Priests” Answer the Call,
But Who Is Calling?
The Catholic Church maintains a judicious reserve when it comes to pronouncing on the authenticity of mystical communications. Yet, it cannot be denied that the very continuance of the Church depends upon a faithful response to a communication that cannot be regarded as anything other than mystical: the call to the priesthood.
The term “mystical” in this context should be understood as referring to a Divine exhortation of a specific nature given to an individual, i.e. a profound personal intuition that one is being called to the sacrament of Holy Orders.
The Church has from time immemorial held that only men are called to the priesthood, for only men can receive the sacrament of Holy Orders. What then can one make of the claim by women to have received such a call?
The inescapable conclusion is that it does not come from God. Careful discernment should be given any such perceived call, whose origin can only be human or even demonic.
Yet, some “Catholic” women insist they have received a definite call from God to become priests, or rather, priestesses. The Cleveland Plain Dealer recently revisited the issue of women's ordination in an article spurred by a visit to the area by the “Rev.” Barbara Zeman, “ordained” in 2008. See: “Woman priest, a Beachwood native, sees her ordination as valid; Roman Catholic Church does not”.
Pundits are always trying to capture the zeitgeist with an apposite (particularly appropriate; especially well suited to the circumstances) term. The 20th Century was once dubbed the age of the common man. We might suggest one for the 21st Century: the age of irony. And by irony should be understood the undermining of one's stated position by an unwitting contradiction of it. Here is an example:
“I am a Catholic, and no one's going to tell me I'm not.”
The above is a statement supplied to the Cleveland reporter who interviewed the “Rev.” Barbara. Among those whose authority she rejects are the Pope and the Magisterium.
Who is the Vicar of Christ to say who's Catholic? And by what presumption does the 2000-year-old teaching authority bestowed by Our Lord dare to pronounce on a matter that Zeman assigns to individual conscience, which is by her inference infallible and unimpeachable?
“As we see it, our ordinations are valid,” Zeman proclaims, thus making validity reside in the eye of the beholder and reinforcing her classic Protestant methodology of private judgment.
A further irony is the venue for Zeman's Nov. 17 appearance: a Unitarian Church. Certainly, the Unitarians have no problem with women's ordination. They just have a problem with the Trinity and a few other dogmas.
In 2010, we concluded The Year of the Priest, as designated by Pope Benedict XVI. See: “Letter of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI Proclaiming a Year for Priests on the 150th Anniversary of the “Dies Natalis” of the Curé of Ars”. The Holy Father set before the world the example of the Cure of Ars as the model for the priesthood, emphasizing the humility, holiness, service and selflessness of the priestly office.
These annual designations appear to focus on some aspect of the spiritual life or the life of the Church that is in some way under siege by modernity. The Pope has just announced the coming Year of Faith, which signals an attempt to restore the faltering belief in the former nations of Christendom. See: “Pope announces 'Year of Faith' to help renew missionary energy”.
The Holy Father always stresses that the true answers to our problems are spiritual, whether we are priests living in a secular world or lay people trying to preserve our faith in that world. The Pope opposes false solutions, usually structural change, with the true solution, a more profound spiritual orientation.
We recently noted that false solutions to the priest shortage, such as allowing laicized priests to resume part of the priestly ministry, have been proposed. See: “Priest Shortage Prompts Desperate and Dangerous Policy”.
The admission of women to the priesthood is another such false solution, which has been definitively rejected by the Church. See: “Apostolic Letter Ordinatio Sacerdotalis of John Paul II to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on Reserving Priestly Ordination to Men Alone”.
But the call for women's ordination is not so much prompted by a desire to find a remedy for the shortage of priests as it is to realize a misguided notion of gender equality.
There are now an estimated 125 women “priests” in the U.S. They say “Mass” and administer the “sacraments” for Catholics who believe that the bar to women's ordination is a manmade rule that can and ought to be changed.
According to the anti-Catholic media, there are polls which show that the majority of Catholics in the U.S. favor women's ordination. See: “Woman priest, a Beachwood native, sees her ordination as valid; Roman Catholic Church does not”. And the go-to oracle of the media on heavy-duty Catholic matters, the Jesuit Thomas Reese, former editor of America now teaching theology at Georgetown, when asked about the Church's teaching, said, “This is murky history. It's hard to prove anything one way or the other.”
The Rev. Reese also points out that the first priests were not only male disciples but Jews, and then asks whether the Church's claim that Christ chose only men to become priests might be extended to the claim that He chose only Jews, and therefore only Jews can become priests?
Of course, the Rev. Reese is forgetting the authority Christ gave to the Magisterium of the Church to decide such matters and His pledge that what it fixes on Earth shall be fixed in Heaven. Can Heaven be in error?
The egalitarianism of liberal culture is clearly at odds with the hierarchical nature of the Church. Women “priests” can only presage the claim that the priesthood is the property of everyone — man, woman and child — for all differences in rank and prerogative are anathema to the Freemasonic ideals of equality that are held to be the highest form of social justice.
The diabolical disorientation spoken of by Sister Lucy of Fatima continues to augment the seemingly insoluble problems that confront the Church and the nations of the world. Humanly speaking, there are no answers. Heaven must intervene. Our Lady of Fatima told us only She can help us. Let us do as She asks before it is too late.
We must work and pray ever more fervently that the Holy Father and the bishops will heed the requests of Our Lady of Fatima. (See: Petition to Our Holy Father — The Consecration of Russia and Petition to Our Holy Father — The Release of the full Third Secret.)
The Fatima Crusader On-line
In Issue #99 of The Fatima Crusader, read excerpts of the addresses given by three bishops at the “Consecration Now?” conference (Rome, May 2011) in which they plead and counseled for rejection of the false solutions to peace of a one-world government (ruled by money and power-hungry men) and a one-world false religion and to embrace instead Heaven's plan, given to us by Our Lady of Fatima.
At this same conference, Father Gruner showed that the Fatima apparitions were a direct response to an appeal by Pope Benedict XV, asking that Our Lady show the world the way to peace — which She did — and that there is no genuine obstacle to excuse for not obeying Our Lady.
Also read a brief excerpt from Father Kramer's new book in which he shows that the Consecration of Russia is the one and only way that mankind can be delivered from the terrible chastisements about to befall the world; and Christopher Ferrara's analysis of a bad book that lends itself to the false argument that the Fatima prophecies are fulfilled, the Third Secret entirely revealed, Russia consecrated, and the Message of Fatima remains only a general call to prayer and penance.
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