Vatican consultant 'absolutely' favors women's ordination
November 06, 2014
A Spanish priest who is a consultant to a pontifical council has said that he is "absolutely" in favor of the ordination of women to the priesthood.
Father Pablo d'Ors, a consultant to the Pontifical Council for Culture, told the Italian daily La Repubblica that the argument against ordination of women is "very weak."
The Irish Times, noting that the Pontifical Council for Culture is due to discuss the role of women in the Church, asked Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office, for a reaction to the Spanish priest's remarks. The Vatican spokesman said that he could not comment except to say that Father d'Ors did not speak for the Vatican.
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Posted by: feedback -
Nov. 07, 2014 8:15 PM ET USA
Firstly, the issue has been definitively resolved by 1994 Ordinatio Sacerdotalis: "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." That alone is not a "very weak" argument, especially for someone who is a Catholic priest. Secondly, the PRO arguments about "human rights" or "women's rights" to ordination entirely miss the point.
Posted by: Defender -
Nov. 07, 2014 1:57 AM ET USA
I know being a consultant to the Vatican isn't the same as speaking for the Vatican, but isn't he a priest? And it seems he could just write in his personal thoughts instead of broadcasting them in the media.