Q5. Do the prejudices of Fathers of the Church and theologians invalidate their opinion on the ordination of women?
The question is relevant because the Roman authorities admit that there have been prejudices against women in previous centuries. But they maintain that these do not affect the Tradition against the ordination of women. Click here!
So did such prejudices affect the value of Tradition regarding women? The answer is: yes. Because not everything handed on from one generation to the other, even if it happens in the context of faith, is a genuine Catholic Tradition. True Tradition needs to fulfil certain criteria:
It is clear that the prejudices of the Fathers of the Church and of theologians were part and parcel of their theological opinion regarding the ordination of women. What they held to be Tradition was in fact a spurious human tradition. As St. Cyprian observed: A custom (consuetudo) without truth (veritas) is merely an ancient error!
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