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Is limiting priestly ordination to men an unchangeable truth of Catholic faith

Is limiting priestly ordination to men an unchangeable truth of Catholic faith

At the Gregorian University, where I taught theology between 1973 and 2006, I valued Luis Ladaria as a teacher, writer, colleague, and vice-rector. He stood tall as acting dean of theology when the incumbent died suddenly. But, with all respect to his person, record, and his present office, I want to raise some questions about his article in L’Osservatore Romano on 30 May.

Cardinal-designate Ladaria, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, recalls that when Pope St John Paul II taught in his apostolic letter, Ordinatio Sacerdotalis of 22 May 1994, that priestly ordination is limited to male Christians, he did not teach ex cathedra. John Paul II was not solemnly defining a revealed doctrine on his own authority as infallible. Instead, the Pope appealed to the constant and unanimous teaching of Catholic bishops around the world.

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Catholic women deacons ‒ why not?

Catholic women deacons ‒ why not?

I wonder if, like me, you were curious and hopeful when you heard the news that Pope Francis ‒ responding to a question posed by members of the International Union of Superiors General (IUSG) in May 2016 – had established a commission to study the question of ordaining women deacons in the Roman Catholic Church.

Of course, not everyone is in favour of the concept or clear about what the ramifications or possibilities of ordaining women deacons in the Roman Catholic Church would be. And no change will happen overnight. Why not use this time for education, conversation and discernment about the topic?

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Western Sydney gathering explores women’s leadership in the Church

Western Sydney gathering explores women’s leadership in the Church

Sixty women and men from Parramatta Diocese and beyond gathered to discuss the critical place of women in the life of the Catholic Church and the need for the female voice in leadership.

Our Lady of Mercy College, a school deeply committed to women’s participation in Church and society, was a fitting venue for the evening of formation and consultation with the Council for Australian Catholic Women.

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