In a story on yet some more faux-ordinations I have a feeling this is not a direct quotation by Monsignor Art Valenzano.
The pope has determined that some church dogma can’t change, Valenzano said, and this includes a male-only priesthood.
Pretty funny though
to anyone who knows the definition of dogma and it would be interesting how a revealed truth could become an unrevealed truth – sort of a theological mulligan.
Lack of ordination doesn’t automatically bar women from authority in the church, he said.
For example, Mother Teresa had tremendous authority, Valenzano said.
But according to the newly ordained women, females are a disenfranchised caste within the church.
Mother Teresa had moral authority in the church, Johnson said, but no legal authority.
Anybody that reduces the priesthood to the issue of legal authority has no idea of what the priesthood is in the first place. Once again it is seen as a position of power.
"We’re not setting up a new church," Carpeneto said. "We’re not a schismatic movement."
Hey I pertinaciously refuse to submit to the Supreme Pontiff on women’s ordination, but don’t call me schismatic!
Carpeneto talked about church community as a circle of equals, not a hierarchy.
"Just the fact that we’re still using the word ‘father’ [to describe clergy] is beyond a joke," she said. "We want to raise a generation of people who aren’t infantilized."
And while it might appear as if it would take a miracle for the official church to accept their ordination, stranger things have happened and people once despised are accepted into the fold, Carpeneto said.
"The hierarchical church does a lot of posturing and huffing, but we can hold a lot of people in," she said. "Don’t discount the work of the Holy Spirit in this."
And don’t discount another spirit. One that once worked as an apple salesman in a famous garden. It is rather funny for a group that continually seeks publicity and issuing press releases (the source article was based on one) talks about posturing and huffing.