Why Can’t Women be Ordained to the Priesthood???

Q. Why won’t the Catholic Church ordain women to the priesthood?

A. Because she cannot.

Q. Why not?

A. For the simple reason that the seven sacraments were given to us by Jesus. The Church did not invent them and, therefore, she cannot change them. Valid sacraments must use the same WORDS and ACTIONS used by Jesus. We follow the pattern He gave us. We don’t make up sacraments as we go.

For instance, for a baptism to be valid the WORDS used must be: “I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit”. The
ACTION must be immersion or pouring with water. The Church cannot authorize baptism “in the name of Jesus”—wrong WORDS. Nor can the Church baptize with milk, wine, grape juice etc.-wrong ACTION. A person must be baptized with water AND in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit or the baptism is invalid.

So, also, the valid sacrament of Holy Orders requires the WORDS of ordination and the ACTION of a validly ordained bishop laying on of hands and anointing a baptized male, with oil. Maleness is as essential to priestly ordination as wheat bread and grape wine is to the valid consecration of the Eucharist. Men ordained to the priesthood are changed pemanently-“You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.”

Corn bread and grape juice will not transubstantiate into the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. And a female ordination, simply, will not “take”.

You can read more about women and the Catholic Priesthood Here

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Priesthood of all believers

Q. What does the “priesthood of all believers” mean?
A. All of God’s people, both Old and New, are members of a priesthood.
In Exodus 19:6“…and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation,” refers to the Israelites of the Old Testament. In the New Testament, I Peter 2:9 (“But you are … a royal priesthood, a holy nation”)refers to Christians. So, in both covenants God considers the faithful, members of a priesthood. The function of a priest is to offer sacrifices to God. The ‘priesthood of all believers’ offer their own individual and personal spiritual sacrifices to God (I Peter 2:5)

Q. Then, why do we have priests if everyone is a part of the priesthood?
A. In both covenants God also, ordained a ministerial priesthood,
separate from the ordinary faithful, who offered sacrifice to God for the people. In the Old Testament: Exodus 28:1 “Have Aaron your brother brought… along with his sons …so they may serve me as priest. Lev 21:1,10 “Then the LORD said to Moses,”The priest who is the highest among his brothers, on whose head the anointing oil has been poured and who has been consecrated to wear the garments....” In the New Testament: Acts 14:23 “And when they had ordained them presbyters in every church…” (Greek “presbuteros= English-“priest”) The priests in the Old Covenant offered the daily animal sacrifices on the altar, in the Temple in Jerusalem. And Catholic priests, today, offer daily the eternal sacrifice of Christ on our altars all around the world.

You can read more about the the Catholic Priesthood …Here For an explanation of how the OT Priesthood of all Believers and the ministerial priesthood was retained in the NT Church click HERE

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Why Can’t Women be Catholic Priests?

Q. Why can’t women be Catholic Priestesses?

A. Jesus’ choice to be born male was not accidental or arbitrary. First of all, in the sacrificial system of Israel the Sin Offering and the Passover Lamb were always perfect MALES. Other offerings could be either male or female but not the Passover Lamb or the Sin Offering. Therefore, since, the sacrifice of Jesus Christ fulfills all the sacrifices, but most especially the Sin offering and the Passover lamb HE was incarnated as a MAN. And, of course, God chose this pattern of male sacrificial animals in the OT in foreknowledge of the sacrifice of His Son.

Also, the people of God, both Israel and the Church, have always been imaged in sacred scripture as a Bride with God as the Bridegroom (Is 62:5 and Rev. 21:9). In the Catholic faith the priest acts in persona Christi (in the person of Christ) as Jesus celebrates the sacraments for His bride, the Church, through the actions of the male priest. The Church, as bride, is in a spousal relationship with Christ the bridegroom. This beautiful image culminates in the wedding feast of the Lamb at the end of time. This typology of the spousal relationship is fittingly imaged by the male priest. Priestesses or womenpriests would project another typology altogether but it would not be Holy Matrimony.

Q. Aren’t women second-class citizens in the Catholic Church?

A. Absolutely not. The most revered status in the Catholic Church is open to both men and women. Contrary to popular opinion the Pope, although highly honored is exceeded in honor by the Saints and the Doctors of the Church. There are hundreds of female saints. And, out of 33 Doctors of the Church, three are women. Also, the most highly honored human person (excluding Jesus) in the history of the Church is a woman, the Blessed Virgin Mary.

You can read more about the Priesthood…Here

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