Monday, December 17, 2012

Cardinal Marx Doesn't Exclude Women Priests

Reinhard Cardinal Marx
[] The Archbishop of Munich, Cardinal Reinhard  Marx is clearly holding unity with the Zeitgeist as more important than being true to the Faith.  According to a report in KNA the Cardinal said on Wednesday at a talk on the faith at the Maria-Ward-School in Munich, if Jesus can call God "Father", it isn't to be understood sexually.  As to the question if the office of priest is open to women, Marx told the 250 school girls:  "Perhaps it is still not the end of the road, that we walk along together."  He left the question open.

With that Cardinal Marx weighed against the Magisterium of the Church, according to which this is not an open question any more.

Above all, Pope John Paul II, explained in his Apostolic Letter Ordinatio Sacerdotalis of May 22, 1994: "Wherefore, in order that all doubt may be removed regarding a matter of great importance, a matter which pertains to the Church's divine constitution itself, in virtue of my ministry of confirming the brethren (cf. Lk 22:32) I declare that the Church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women and that this judgment is to be definitively held by all the Church's faithful."

The Congregation for Doctrine and the Faith attempted in 1995 to make another clarification, in which the Pope furnished the following question:  "Doubt whether the doctrine, which is contained in the Apostolic Letter 'Ordinatio Sacerdotalis' is final, according to which the Church does not have the power to give women priestly ordination, is to be regarded as part of the deposit of faith.

The answer: yes.

This doctrine demands final agreement, because it is based on the written word of God and has been from the beginning to the end defended and declared by the infallible universal and ordinary Magisterium,  (compare.  Vatican Council II, Dogmatic Constitution Lumen Gentium 25.) .  From this basis the Pope in view of the current situation of his own office, to exhort the brethren (LK 22:32), to assert the same doctrine with a formal declaration, in whose expressed representation, what has always been believed, everywhere and by all the faithful, in so far as it belongs to the deposit of the faith.

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Sixupman said...

Perhaps, ++Mueller will be diverted from his manic SSPX considerations and call his erstwhile 'Conference' confrere to the CDF to formally reprimand him and order a public repentance. Some chance!

Quo Vadis said...

Ah yes. Another German dissenter. Is there no end to them?

I do believe that JPII invoked the Holy Ghost in making that proclamation about the priesthood. It was only time that he ever did so too, by the way. The Holy Ghost was not invoked even for their Conciliar catechism and bible. But then again, if He had been invoked, they would not have been able to put out for Catholic consumption an erroneous catechism or deceptive bible.

Anonymous said...

This is what happens when the pope doesn't utilize the time-tested "anathema sit" language when making such a declaration.

Anonymous said...

That might be because of that "glass houses" sort of thing.

Anonymous said...

Does seem as though the train of dissent has no caboose, doesn't it?

Dan said...

I won't ask the increasingly tiresome question, "Why doesn't the Pope do something about this man?", because I already know the answer.

[Cue the sound of crickets chirping.]

Tancred said...

Anonymous said...

Really, no wonder people are fleeing to SSPX!!