With the passing of the Pope, a lot of discussion has been made of the possibility of women priests. Are their relevant documents from John Paul II and previous Popes or Councils that definitively state the Chruch’s position??? I am aware of “Ordinatio Sacerdotalis”, but are there any others??? Thank you and God Bless
The Church has spoken definitively on the subject of women’s ordination.
“Wherefore, in order that all doubt may be removed regarding a matter of great importance, a matter which pertains to the Church’s divine constitution itself, in virtue of my ministry of confirming the brethren (cf. Lk 22:32) I declare 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.”
Ordinatio Sacerdotalis, 1994
The Church will never ordain women. Never, ever. Period. Ordinatio Sacerdotalis is an infallible teaching of the Church. No pope has the authority to change an infallible teaching of the Church. Ever.
Sadly, dissenters never tire of finding ways to twist and manipulate the words and meanings of this document (Ordinatio Sacerdotalis) to fit their agenda and beliefs. But the truth remains the same: Women will never be priests.
Let’s pray that priests and bishops will quell the dissent by heeding the words of St. Paul: “Remind them of these things and solemnly charge them in the presence of God not to wrangle about words, which is useless and leads to the ruin of the hearers.
2 Timothy 2:14
Again on the infallibility of Ordinatio Sacerdotalis:
“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 (cf. Second Vatican Council, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church Lumen Gentium 25, 2). Thus, in the present circumstances, the Roman Pontiff, exercising his proper office of confirming the brethren (cf. Lk 22:32), has handed on this same teaching by a formal declaration, explicitly stating what is to be held always, everywhere, and by all, as belonging to the deposit of the faith.”
The Sovereign Pontiff John Paul II, at the Audience granted to the undersigned Cardinal Prefect, approved this Reply, adopted in the ordinary session of this Congregation, and ordered it to be published.
Rome, from the offices of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, on the Feast of the Apostles SS. Simon and Jude, October 28, 1995.
Joseph Card. Ratzinger
God bless you!