Thursday, April 11, 2013
Ordination of Women
Pick a contentious issue about which you care deeply — it could be the same-sex marriage debate, or just a disagreement you’re having with a friend. Write a post defending the opposite position, and then reflect on what it was like to do that.
I am writing a research paper on the ordination of women in the Anglican church and the rejection of such a notion in the Catholic Church. I am for it, even though I am Catholic and would settle for being a nun. Obviously there is a lot to why the Catholic church has rejected the ordination of women, so this will be some what abbreviated.
The Mulieris Dignitatem is a document written by Pope John Paul II addressing the 'Dignty and Vocation of women', which is where most of the justification for only male priests comes from. It asserts that because both man and women are equal as persons because the they are both made in 'the likenss and image of God'. The Church firmly belives that man and women are equal in all aspects. But, we all have roles that are predetermined by God. No role is above the other, thye are just different because that's the way God made them. In choosing only men to be his apostles, Jesus Christ affirmed that the role for men, in the eyes of God, is to lead. Many have stated that Jesus did this because of the societal standards that were acceptable during his lifettime, but He in fact he had free will (as does every human being) given by God, so he could ave chosen anyone he wanted. Since Jesus was sent by God to save His people from their sin, it is believed that Jesus' uses his free will to do the will of God. This is also justifiable because Jesus is one with God and so His will is God's will. So, Jesus chose men as his Apostles because it was the will of God for men to be the leader within His church. The roles that were recognized by Vatican II for women have to do with giving birth to children and then raising them in the Christian faith or staying celibate in a vocational life. These roles are just as important as the men's roles, which is to spread the word of Go through ministry and also support wife and kids in the faith. Through childbirth, women are renewing the contract that God made with the world of giving his only son ro die on the cross for humanities sins. They are also bringing more people of faith into the world, a miracle which should be praised.
Again, this was a very condensed explanation of why there is not women ordination in the Catholic Church and I think that it should be accepted. I think this because I believe Jesus chose men because of the culture he lived in. So that should not even be a consideration when talking about ordination Women are great leaders, why can't they lead the Church? A female Pope would really shake up Vatican City.