Do Anglican women priests have the same power of consecration as men?


#1

Do Anglican women priests have the same power of consecration as men? Is is the real Body and Blood of Christ after the women consecrate the Host?

Jorge.

P.S. I posted a similar question, but it did not seem to go through.


#2

Dear Jorge,

The Catholic Church does not recognize the validity of Anglican Orders whether they be sought by men or women. In the Catholic Church’s view, no Anglican priest—man or woman, ordained by an Anglican bishop, can validly consecrate the bread and the wine. However, some Anglican male priests have been ordained by Orthodox Churches with valid Orders and therefore are validly ordained. But none of the women are. Orthodox churches do not ordain women.

During the reign of King Edward VI, the Church of England no longer upheld the Mass as a sacrifice. Therefore the form of the Sacrament of Holy Orders was compromised, rendering it invalid. This invalidated all the sacraments dependant on this sacrament, with the exception of Baptism and Matrimony.

Even if the Catholic Church did accept Anglican Orders, it would not recognize the ordination of Anglican women. The Magisterium of the Catholic Church teaches that since Jesus did not ordain women, it does not have the authority to ordain woman any more than it has the authority to consecrate anything but wheat bread and grape wine. (Ordinatio Sacerdotalis)

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.


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