Q10. What are the
prospects of womens ordination in the future Catholic Church?
In spite of their teaching authority and the
charism of infallibility in extraordinary circumstances, Popes too are human
and make mistakes. It is worth looking at the erroneous beliefs which Pope Pius
IX (1848 - 1878 AD) tried to impose on the Church not so long ago:
All these doctrines have now been amended by the Church. The same
will happen to the ordination of women.
Factors for change
How does the official Church come to change of perception?
Historical studies would seem to indicate three crucial factors.
Renewed critical awareness in the Church. Reform is
not possible unless a large number of people in the Church becomes aware of the
fact that something is wrong, that there is an anomaly between our
deep-felt Christian convictions and what the Church proposes. This must become
a critical awareness in the sense of people (a) grasping the reasons why
the Churchs traditional arguments are wrong; and (b) understanding that a
change of position by the Church does not imply a real change of doctrine.