Q9. How binding is Romes teaching on the non-ordination of women?
In short: Rome claims that the matter has been infallibly decided by the ordinary universal magisterium. What does this mean?
The ordinary universal magisterium
The universal ordinary magisterium refers to the concordant teaching of all Catholic bishops together with the Pope, outside the rather rare occasions when the bishops are gathered in an ecumenical council.
Council documents make clear that five conditions must be fulfilled before the universal ordinary magisterium can be considered to have exercised infallible teaching:
None of these five conditions has been fulfilled in the case of the non-ordination of women.
Many theologians in different parts of the world have expressed their disagreement with Romes assessment. In particular they point out why the universal ordinary magisterium has not pronounced on the ordination of women, and certainly not infallibly!
In spite of Romes assertions, the question of the ordination of women remains open for discussion in the Church.
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