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CDF prefect confirms: ordination of women is impossible, teaching is permanent

May 29, 2018

The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has reaffirmed the permanent authority of the Church’s teaching that women cannot be ordained to the priesthood, in an article published in the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano.

Archbishop Luis Ladaria—who will soon receive a cardinal’s red hat from Pope Francis—argues that the Church is bound by the decision of Jesus Himself, who chose only men priestly ministry. He cites the writings of Pope John Paul II, who taught in Ordinatio Sacerdotalis that the Church cannot ordain women, as well as the current Pontiff, who in Evangelii Gaudium confirmed the male-only priesthood. This teaching, the CDF prefect said, is “a truth belonging to the deposit of faith.”

Arguments for the ordination of women, Archbishop Ladaria writes, are harmful to the faithful because they cause confusion—not only about the nature of Holy Orders but about the teaching authority of the Church.


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  • Posted by: feedback - May. 29, 2018 5:55 PM ET USA

    This should fall under the "Reinventing the Wheel" news category, which has become very popular lately.

  • Posted by: ElizabethD - May. 29, 2018 4:39 PM ET USA

    Reading this is like music to my eyes. I would like them now to be equally clear about this applying to each degree of the sacrament of Holy Orders including the sacramental deaconate: only men can validly receive the sacrament of Holy Orders. Sacraments make use of signs and this sacrament requires a man.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - May. 29, 2018 4:28 PM ET USA

    Huh? Reason instead of pastoral emotion coming from the Vatican? This recent trend seems to have started when the Pope met with the bishops of Chile. Utterly refreshing. Utterly Catholic. Two thumbs up.