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Questioner-Of-All-Things wrote:


I have a question on women being clerics (including Priests).

  • I know that the Church has ruled infallibly against it, but would it be possible for a special dispensation to be granted in the future to allow a few exceptional women to be clerics?


  { Could there be future exceptions to the Catholic male-only priesthood for exceptional women? }

Paul replied:

Dear Questioner,

In short, the answer is no. The matter and form of the sacraments must be the same as what Jesus used. He chose twelve males to act in His name as priest for His bride the Church.
St. Therese the 'little flower" once said that while the priesthood is a wonderful vocation,
it would be beneath the dignity of a woman to want to be one.

Priesthood is spiritual fatherhood, and the priest is another Christ as Groom to His Church.

In this respect, it is not only a doing, but a being. Women have a very important role to play in the Church as reflecting the love of God in many areas but priesthood is a masculine vocation.



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