Cardinal O’Malley: “If I were founding a church, I’d love to have women priests. But Christ founded it, and what he has given us is something different.”
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I stumbled across an interview on 60 Minutes last Sunday, quite by accident. Cardinal O'Malley was interviewing with 60 Minutes and to my astonishment, he was visibly nervous and hesitant, clearly not confident in the interview. He was literally quaking before this female interviewer and he delivered to her exactly what she wanted to hear: "If I were founding a church, I'd love to have women priests..."
This is an incredible and offensive thing to hear from such a high ranking and visible Cardinal in the world. Rather than address the erroneous assumptions behind her question, he accepts the false premise of a secular feminism that human dignity = sameness and unity = uniformity and that the distinction between male and female is a matter of a power struggle. The Cardinal essentially apologizes for the Church's teaching and unchangeable Tradition regarding Holy Orders, bowing to the "altar" of political correctness. Even worse, he has the stunning audacity to put himself in juxtaposition ... actually, opposition ... to Christ, the Holy Spirit and the apostolic teaching since the very beginning. Apparently Christ got it wrong?? How could a Cardinal say this? What are we to take from such a comment? It is at the same time an aspiration that is both heretical and a pathetic display of futile pride. At no time have women priests ever been remotely considered by the Catholic Church, because it is a matter of Sacred Tradition and the will of Christ exercised while here on earth, that only men would be His apostles. This teaching has been affirmed throughout the centuries, without hesitation or exception.
In his Apostolic Letter Ordinatio Sacerdotalis (1994), Pope John Paul II, declared 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.” This is not merely a matter of Church discipline but is part of the sacred deposit of faith, which is unchangeable. Lumen Gentium notes: “This teaching requires definitive assent, since, founded on the written Word of God, and from the beginning constantly preserved and applied in the Tradition of the Church, it has been set forth infallibly by the ordinary and universal Magisterium."
The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches in 1577: “The Church recognizes herself to be bound by this choice made by the Lord himself. For this reason the ordination of women is not possible... No one has a right to receive the sacrament of Holy Orders. Indeed no one claims this office for himself; he is called to it by God”.
Christ did many things that were counter cultural in his time - if He willed for women to be ordained, He would have included them in His selection of apostles and communicated this to the Church through the Holy Spirit. As Catholics, we believe in Christ and know His teachings through His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition comprise Divine Revelation - and the the Church teaches on matters of faith and morals without error. Cardinal O'Malley's comment was gravely imprudent and in error. It evinces a disposition of mind and heart that is impossible to square with the mind of the Church - viz. that he could desire something different than what God has clearly and infallibly established as a sacred continuation of the presence of Christ, the ordained act "in persona Christi". Hence, to express his desire to have a Church with women priests gives scandal to the faithful and promotes a distorted perspective of the deep and wonderful realities and complementariness between man and woman, who are different, but of equal dignity. Both men and women are to transform and evangelize the world. The holiest human creature ever created and closest to Christ in heaven - is our Blessed Mother, Mary Most Holy. Holding an office and acting in the person of Christ as a priest is not indicative of superiority, but of service in dispensing the sacred mysteries of Christ continued in the world.