We have a dangerous shortfall this month—$10,801 short—a serious deficit. Your support needed NOW!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

laying down smoke

By Fr. Paul Mankowski, S.J. (articles ) | Apr 28, 2003

The Boston Globe discusses a talk at Harvard Divinity School plugging women's ordination. Boston College's Dr. Stephen Pope is quoted on the subject:

"I don't think that women need to wait for the Vatican to change its regulation restricting ordination to males," he said, "before they can exercise significant power and responsibility within the church."

The Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has declared that the teaching reserving priestly ordination to men belongs to the deposit of faith. The Chairman of the Theology Department of Boston College refers to the same teaching as the Vatican's "regulation" -- a regulation he implies is changeable.

Dr. Pope rejects Catholic teaching about Catholic teaching -- no surprise. What is dismaying is that he should compound theological confusion instead of reducing it. A professor of law might think a Supreme Court ruling fated to be overturned, but wouldn't we expect him to make it clear that the Court understood itself to be handing down a decision? By the same token, shouldn't a theologian clue-in the unwary to the fact that speaking of "regulation" in this context is not only a partisan move but a counter-Magisterial one?

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our January expenses ($10,801 to go):
$35,000.00 $24,198.70
31% 69%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

On the failure of history—and historians—without Christ 11 hours ago
Salvation? No matter who we are, one price. January 28
Rich Spiritual Instruction January 27
Snowbound thoughts on natural law January 27
The best argument against the 'celibate gay Catholics' January 26

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis names 20 new cardinals CWN - January 5
In ‘state of the world’ address, Pope decries ‘throwaway culture’ CWN - January 12