The secret John Paul revealed

By Diogenes (articles ) | Oct 11, 2003

John Allen converses with Washington's Cardinal Theodore "I Feel Pretty" McCarrick:

McCarrick, who named a woman chancellor in Washington and has appointed women to significant positions of responsibility in every diocese he's led, said he wouldn't be surprised if John Paul II, in his heart, would like to have women priests. "He's never said, 'I don't want women priests,'" McCarrick said. "He's said, 'I can't do it.' He's prayed, studied, and concluded that he can't call women to the priesthood."

Thanks a lot, your Eminence. What a great pastoral assist to those who already have trouble accepting Ordinatio sacerdotalis. Now tell them where they are to imagine the Holy Spirit is working: is the Spirit with the teaching Church, such that the Pope's heart of hearts is opposed to the Spirit, or is the Pope's heart with the Holy Spirit, and consequently not with the teaching Church on this issue?

You bought yourself a lot of smiles from the NCR crowd with that stunt. Enjoy them.

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  • Posted by: - Oct. 12, 2003 12:18 AM ET USA

    In Josef Pieper's Four Cardinal Virtues, almost every chapter is a gem. But, one if particular stands out, in our day and age: The Power of Wrath, under Temperance. Gentleness and humility presuppose the Power of Wrath.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 11, 2003 11:34 PM ET USA

    In the 11 years that I have lived in this town, I have done a lot of parish hopping trying to find a parish with a priest who does the right thing. Two parishes ago, I left a popular parish because, among other things, an elderly nun delivered the Sunday homily. Last Sunday I couldn't get to the Byzantine Church on time (having a dead car battery), and so I went to the noon Mass at the parish I had left, and there she was again! Getting lots of laughs and appreciative clapping. Our Bishop. . ??

  • Posted by: - Oct. 11, 2003 3:30 PM ET USA

    Thank you, Karen, from a "cradle" Catholic; you hit the nail on the head. Humility seems to be out of vogue with many of these ladies, who love to conduct the Eucharistic service and add a bit of homelitcs to their white cassocks. I am always amazed at how for "progressive" Catholics, the Holy Spirit tells them just what they want to hear. I hadn't realized that whatever new fad comes along, it must be from the Holy Spirit. Too bad that He sounds so much like their own voices.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 11, 2003 12:43 PM ET USA

    I am near despair with this nonsense about women and prestige positions in the Church. It wouldn't be so bad if these women had some sense but they don't. In my short five years as a Catholic, I have seen more damage done by these silly women than just about anything else. It is very rare that I have encountered an irrevent priest but these women re-imaging the Church are everywhere. Someone needs to tell these men that poor self-image and low self-esteem are not improved by inflating egos.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 11, 2003 12:09 PM ET USA

    Your Eminence, What did the great Pagan mystics believe about feelings? CS Lewis was correct; we have to make them good pagans, before we can make them good Christians. Your Discarded Image is in the wastepaper basket of your office. Please look in it; you have only your salvation to gain.