Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Why the Anglicans can never come back...

The Anglican church said it is "theologically justified" to ordain women, not only as priests, but even as bishops.

The Vatican said that full communion will no longer be possible.

Why? Is this really a big issue? It appears there is no developed theology of the male-only priesthood in the Scriptures. Isn't this more of a pastoral issue? It would be understandable if the Church said full communion is no longer possible if a religious community denied the resurrection, or the Trinity, or something like that.

Well, denying the fatherhood of the priesthood (which has its fullness as a bishop) is an assault on the Trinity.

The preface is, "in the beginning, God created them male and female." God did not create us "sexually autonomous". We come to know Him through our sexual identity and our relationships here on earth.

The most practical fact of this is the family. Papa B just said in Spain at the conference on the family, that parenthood reflects the love of God the Father. This cannot happen with a-sexual beings. The male and female relationship, in their sexual complemtarity, in a way, is a mirror of the free exchange of love in the Blessed Trinity. The Father gives, and the Son receives. The Son receives this love and is conceieved and bears much fruit. He then, offers himself back in a total gift to the Father. This exchange of giving and receiving is stamped into our bodies; we cannot understand who we are if we fail to grasp this point. "Male and female He created them." The husband, in a very physical way, gives himself to his bride, she receives, conceives and bears fruit (the child). They then offer this fruit totally to eachother and to the Father.

It is no mistake that the Church is to represent this image. The Church, as we know from the Book of Revelation and the writings of Saint Paul (see Ephisians 5), is the Bride of Christ. In this image, Christ gives, the Church receives, conceives and bears fruit. The Church then offers Herself (e.g., all Her children) totally back to Christ. If we take this real image further, the priest then is "another Christ", "the emmisaries of Jesus" (call to mind, "do this in memory of me," "whose sins you forgive are forgiven them," "Go therefore, and teach them all I have taught you..." etc.). In a very real way, the priest represents Christ on earth. They are married to the Church. They give us the Sacraments and we receive them, conceive their grace and bear fruit. The priests then offers the sacrifice of His people totally back to the Father.

This is the foundation, and this is why the Church says this issue is such a huge deal. It is the foundation of our very existence. If we get this wrong, we can never fully understand ourselves in Christ. This might be a good chance to mention how we are all called to be Marian. Even the most machismo man is called to be the Bride of God. We are all called to be totally receptive as Mary was and is. However, to help us all be receptive to God, He gives us His Sacraments and men who are consecrated to give His sacraments in His name.

If God made "Adam and Steve; not Adam and Eve" what happens? Well, there is no way they can receive the gift of the other, no way they can conceive and bear fruit. It is physically impossible. The same way with women priests. Essentially, they are making a lesbian union with the Church, and that is just not cool.


Blogger ElizabethAndrew said...

You can call an apple an orange, but it's still an apple.

You can call a woman a priest or bishop, but it's just not valid.

Women can't be priests. Even if you name a woman "priest," it doesn't mean she is.

So basically, the Catholic Church is awesome!

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