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September 27, 2010
WCR Letters to the Editor
Church stands firm on female ordination
Following her experience with female priests in the Anglican Church, Elisabeth Schussler-Fiorenza, feminist theologian and advocate of women's ordination in the Catholic Church, has concluded ordination was not the goal she was searching for. By her own admission, "ordination is subordination and that's exactly what we don't want" (WCR letters, Sept. 13).
Schussler-Fiorenza's comments reveal the underlying motives for women's ordination are power-sharing and liberation from subordination - motives in stark contrast to those emulated by Christ as the humble, suffering servant of God.
To be sure, male candidates to the priesthood are not immune from those motives. However, Schussler-Fiorenza's assertion unabashedly places these desires at the heart of women's ordination.
Another prevailing thought among proponents of female ordination is the belief the magisterium is not able to grasp the complete notion surrounding women's ordination.
This presumption ignores the historical traditions of the Church, and oversimplifies the issue by suggesting the solution to women's ordination lies within the grasp of men and women, thereby rejecting the idea the Church's position may embody the divine will of God.
Pope John Paul II, realizing he was but an instrument of God, acknowledged his own limitations on this matter by stating the magisterium has no knowledge of having been entrusted with the power to ordain women.
He did not say he didn't understand the issue, but rather affirmed the magisterium cannot claim authority to ordain women inasmuch as the Church has not been granted divine authority to do so.
Undoubtedly, the Church has lost members due to its stance on women's ordination, just as it has lost members due to its stance on numerous other issues.
Pleasing the masses has never been reason for the Catholic Church to change her position on faith and morals, including the persistent plea by some to permit the ordination of women.
Sr. Victoria's anti-abortion advocacy saluted
I was very happy to see the article "Sr. Victoria keeps fire burning" (WCR, Sept. 13). I have known Sister Victoria for about 15 years and agree with all that is said about her.
When the Morgentaler Clinic (Women's Health Options) moved to its present location, a number of people went there to picket before the bubble zone was in place. Sister Victoria was one of those and after getting off the bus she walked up to me and said, "Is that where they do the damage?"
I replied "yes" and she asked, "Will they let me in?" My reply to her was "I don't know, you can ring the door bell and find out."
She walked up the steps and rang the doorbell. Someone inside said, "What do you want?" Sister Victoria replied, "I want to talk to you" and the clinic worker said "What about?" Sister Victoria replied "Your work."
The worker replied "I don't want to talk to you" and Sister Victoria's retort was "You can't be too proud of your work."
I was so impressed and I thanked God for her presence there that day. She is a great lady and I am glad that God has blessed her with a long and fruitful life.
Keep up the good work Sister Victoria. You are loved by so many people.
Truth, Holy Spirit essential to the human condition
I'd like to comment on Glen Argan's column on the Spirit. ("St. Basil spoke out for the Spirit," WCR, Sept. 13).
The reason we were taught the doctrine of the Trinity is partly because a basic unit of the truth has three components that make it complete. When you witness a complete unit of truth, in the minds eye or in the spirit, it looks like a triangle.
God is the truth. We love and worship the truth because it has intrinsic value, just like mathematics, the sciences or the arts. We can love mathematics or the arts just like we can love God, if we know him.
Whether Jesus is God or not or whether the Holy Spirit is God or not or whether Jesus rose from the dead, are not the questions we should be asking. It is only the truth that was spoken that is capable of saving us.
If people can't see that the truth and the Spirit are essential to the human condition, then there is something seriously wrong. Those who don't see their value will one day be surprised. Our soul always partakes of divinity to the degree of our maturity.
As an institution, the purpose of the Church should be the same as that of the social sciences. Great psychological and sociological truths lie hidden within Scripture (parable of the treasure and the pearl, Matthew 13.44-46). The doctrines of the Church are by no means at a mature state of revelation.
If the Arians were "determined," it's because they thought that they were right. If anyone knows better, their argument would be welcome. When an apologist starts ranting, as you say St. Basil did, you know they're at the end of their tether.
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