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The Magisterium

The Magisterium

RomeRome's position on the magisterium

Throughout, I use the term 'Rome' to indicate both the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Holy Father.

Freedom of InquiryCounter position on the magisterium

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    What is ‘the universal ordinary magisterium’ in plain language?
That women cannot be ordained priests has been set forth infallibly by the ordinary and universal Magisterium.

Rome's texts in full!
Rome has not established infallible teaching by the ordinary universal magisterium on women priests because the five conditions for infallibility have not been fulfilled.

Key theologians all over the world have rejected Rome’s statement on ‘infallibility’ in this matter.

The Pope’s failure to adequately consult the faithful in general and theologians in particular as required by Vatican II, is the main reason for Rome’s mistaken judgment.
It is a duty for all who are competent in these matters to publicly speak out.
The Church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women and this judgment is to be definitively held by all the Church's faithful.
Rome's texts in full!
The definity of Rome’s teaching in this matter has not been resolved. Read: Theologians and the Maristerium by Richard A. McCormick.

Roman authorities, including Popes, have made similar serious misjudgments in the past.
The present Roman authorities have not understood the precious new values of our own time
nor the need of a more democratic way of governing the Church.
    Summary of the arguments against Rome:
* ‘Jesus Responds to John Paul II’
*‘What Peter Might Say to John Paul II’
by Dr. Aaron Milavec
    Conclusion: The Church has the authority from Jesus Christ to ordain women as priests.
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