Or is it every sperm bearer is sacred?
The Vatican insisted Friday that it is properly following Christian tradition by excluding females from the priesthood as it issued a new warning that women taking part in ordinations will be excommunicated.
The move dashed the hopes both of women seeking to be priests and of Catholics who see that as an option for a church struggling to recruit men.
A top Vatican official said the church acted after what it described as “so-called ordinations” held in various parts of the world.
The church has always banned the ordination of women by stating that the priesthood is reserved for males. The new decree is explicit in its reference to women.
“The church does not feel authorized to change the will of its founder Jesus Christ,” Amato said in an interview prepared for Vatican Radio that was released to reporters. The reference is to Christ’s having chosen only men as his Apostles.
For those of you keeping count at home —
- number of female priests excommunicated: many (see the Roman Catholic Womenpriest movement)
- number of pedophiliac priests excommunicated: ZERO
How does that add up?