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New president of German bishops’ conference has lamented ‘the exclusion of women from ordained offices’

March 04, 2020

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CWN Editor's Note: Bishop Georg Batzing, who succeeds Cardinal Reinhard Marx, has said, “I believe it does not hurt the Church when priests are free to choose whether they wish to live in a marriage or celibate.” He has also said that “the exclusion of women from ordained offices is regarded as fundamentally unjust and inappropriate in the surrounding society where, for a long time now, women and men have been accorded equal rights.”

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Mar. 06, 2020 1:09 AM ET USA

    An incredible statement by a man of letters in philosophy and theology: "in the surrounding society where, for a long time now, women and men have been accorded equal rights." The context of this remark indicates that he considers rights to issue from "the surrounding society" and thus not from God. This error naturally follows from the theological error that the "historical Jesus" was a victim constrained by the circumstance of being born Jewish in the male-dominated culture of His time.