The Churchs practice of not ordaining women as priests was
based on a three-fold prejudice against women. This affected the judgment of
Church leaders. click!
2. One priesthood in
Through baptism women and men share equally in the new priesthood of
This includes openness to Holy Orders.
3. Empowered to
At the Last Supper Jesus empowered both women and men. Both can be
ordained to preside at the Eucharist. click!
4. Women have been
Until at least the ninth century the Church gave women the full
sacramental ordination of deacons. This proves women can be
5. The ability for women to
be ordained has been present in the Churchs latent
One example is the age-long devotion to Mary as Priest. It shows
that, according to the sense of the faithful, in Mary the ban
against women has already been overcome. click!
6. The wider Church accepts
After serious study and prayer other Christian Churches now ordain
women as priests. Though not everything other Churches do can be accepted by
the Catholic Church, this converging consensus by believing Christians confirms
that ordaining women is according to the mind of Christ. click!
7. Women too are, in fact,
called to be priests
The fact that many responsible Catholic women discern in themselves a
vocation to the priesthood is a sign of the Holy Spirit we may not ignore.
Conclusion: there are no
valid arguments against women priests, and many truly Catholic
arguments in favour!