I posted this in another thread and I thought it would be pertinent to this thread, so I’ll repost it:
Women should (or can) be priests - heterodox, not heresy.
Answer from me:
This is definitely heresy. Catholics have been excommunicated for participating in and even so much as observing a “women priest” ordination. Thinking it is okay or should happen is no better.
“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.”
Some say this was infallible, some say it was not. Either way, the teaching IS infallible, and that is all that matters. If this statement was not itself infallible, then the teaching is infallible due to the constant teachings of the Ordinary Magisterium. This is infallible one way or the other. Therefore you cannot be a faithful Catholic and hold this opinion (read the bolded part).
Some Catholic theologians sent a dubium to the Holy See asking if this was infallible:
Dubium: Whether the teaching that the Church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women, which is presented in the Apostolic Letter Ordinatio Sacerdotalis to be held definitively, is to be understood as belonging to the deposit of faith. (ie: de fide, infallible)
Responsum: In the affirmative.
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 Prefect
- Tarcisio Bertone Archbishop Emeritus
of Vercelli Secretary