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Cardinal McElroy on ‘radical inclusion’ for LGBT people, women, and others in the Church

January 25, 2023

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CWN Editor's Note: “The question of the ordination of women to the priesthood will be one of the most difficult questions confronting the international synods in 2023 and 2024,” Cardinal Robert McElroy of San Diego writes in an essay for the Jesuit periodical America. “The Church should move toward admitting women to the diaconate, not only for reasons of inclusion but because women permanent deacons could provide critically important ministries, talents and perspectives.”

“The effect of the tradition that all sexual acts outside of marriage constitute objectively grave sin has been to focus the Christian moral life disproportionately upon sexual activity,” he added. “Sexual activity, while profound, does not lie at the heart of this hierarchy [of truths]. Yet in pastoral practice we have placed it at the very center of our structures of exclusion from the Eucharist. This should change.”

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  • Posted by: feedback - Jan. 26, 2023 8:48 AM ET USA

    A month ago, Voice of America (arm of gov't propaganda) made unusual report about female "priests" celebrating fake masses. That report and McElroy's sudden open-mindedness about the ordination of women may, or may not, be coincidental. Voice of America on female ‘priests’ By Phil Lawler:

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jan. 25, 2023 11:29 AM ET USA

    Mike, have you read the Ruth Institute report on homosexuality in U.S. seminaries? The answer lies there and in comments by the new president of the USCCB.

  • Posted by: IM4HIM - Jan. 25, 2023 10:57 AM ET USA

    Well, being a Cardinal he should know that lust is one of the seven cardinal, or deadly, sins. Sexual activity outside of marriage between a man and a woman always involves lust. So by condoning such activity he is encouraging many others to sin and put their souls in jeopardy unless they repent.

  • Posted by: miketimmer499385 - Jan. 25, 2023 8:55 AM ET USA

    How do these guys get into and then out of the seminary as priests?