Appeal by our Trustees
It is obvious to any one who cares to study the facts that the Catholic Church, as it is governed today, needs urgent reforms. I invite you on behalf of our team to join us as our partners to realise that dream.
The admission of women to holy orders is a pressing issue. Contrary to what traditional theology, defended by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome , would have us believe, there are no valid arguments to exclude women. Our website explains to you the reasons why this is so.
In fact, there are many reasons why women can and should perform the priestly ministries.
Women receive the same baptism as men and so are anointed to Christ’s general priesthood as men are – which opens the way to holy orders.
Christ empowered women as much as men to preside at the Eucharist when he said: “ Do this in commemoration of me! ”
Many Catholic women all over the world feel called to the priesthood. It is a sign of the Spirit moving the Church.
Gallup polls show that most Catholics know intuitively that it is not God who first calls women to ministry and then bars them from receiving the sacramental grace they would need to bring that call to full fruition. This knowledge springs from their sensus catholicus.
Until the ninth century women served in holy orders, as sacramentally ordained deacons. Their ordination was identical to that of male deacons in all essentials.
In the future Catholic Church women will serve as priests, bishops and even as popes. I am absolutely sure of it. But such a momentous change will not come about without us, as responsible and committed Catholics, playing our part.
We need to exercise our duty of raising a respectful but firm voice of protest. Vatican II made provisions for it.
“All the faithful, both clerical and lay, should be accorded a lawful freedom of inquiry and of thought, and the freedom to express their minds humbly and courageously about those matters in which they enjoy competence.”
Gaudium et Spes , no 62
The Second Vatican Council also recognised the crucial role played by public opinion in today ’ s society.
“ Public opinion exercises enormous influence in our day over the lives, private or public, of all citizens, no matter what their walk in life. It is therefore necessary that all members of society meet the demands of justice and charity in this domain. They should help, through the means of social communication, in the formation and diffusion of sound public opinion. ”
Inter Mirifica , no 8
Our web site
Our team has begun a successful campaign of awareness through the internet. We provide copious essays and articles through this web site.
We give the arguments for and against. We provide that information in fifteen languages, to reach as many sections of our large Catholic community as possible.
Please, do not just stand on the sidelines. Join us. Be our partner. Support us financially. We cannot succeed without your help.
This website is maintained by the Wijngaards Institute for Catholic Research.
The Institute is known for issuing academic reports and statements on relevant issues in the Church. These have included scholars’ declarations on the need of collegiality in the exercise of church authority, on the ethics of using contraceptives in marriage and the urgency of re-instating the sacramental diaconate of women.
You are welcome to use our material. However: maintaining this site costs money. We are a Charity and work mainly with volunteers, but we find it difficult to pay our overheads.
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