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NcR Comes Out, Openly Challenges Church Teaching

December 3rd, 2012, Promulgated by Dr. K

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the National cAtholic Reporter would support the ordination of women to the priesthood. They have done so implicitly for decades. Today, the paper has officially come out in favor of what has been infallibly declared impossible by Pope John Paul II, and later reaffirmed by Card. Ratzinger as belonging to the deposit of faith.

Here it is:

“The call to the priesthood is a gift from God. It is rooted in baptism and is called forth and affirmed by the community because it is authentic and evident in the person as a charism. Catholic women who have discerned a call to the priesthood and have had that call affirmed by the community should be ordained in the Roman Catholic church. Barring women from ordination to the priesthood is an injustice that cannot be allowed to stand.

Our message is that we believe the sensus fidelium is that the exclusion of women from the priesthood has no strong basis in Scripture or any other compelling rationale; therefore, women should be ordained. We have heard the faithful assent to this in countless conversations in parish halls, lecture halls and family gatherings. It has been studied and prayed over individually and in groups. The brave witness of the Women’s Ordination Conference [Sr. Joan Sobala and Nancy DeRycke’s organization], as one example, gives us assurance that the faithful have come to this conclusion after prayerful consideration and study — yes, even study of Ordinatio Sacerdotalis.

NCR joins its voice with Roy Bourgeois and calls for the Catholic church to correct this unjust teaching.”

The anti-Catholic NcR has been made available to our discerners at Becket Hall as recently as two years ago, and may still be. Additionally, various Diocese of Rochester parishes purchase copies of the NcR to place in the back of the church for parishioners to take home and read. Should you come across the NcR in your local parish, I ask you to kindly pick up all available copies and toss them into the recycling bin. You’ll be saving souls in the process.

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13 Responses to “NcR Comes Out, Openly Challenges Church Teaching”

  1. avatar annonymouse says:

    A couple thoughts – brighter lines are a good thing. The heretic NCR just made very clear where they vote. Not that they have a vote, mind you. This sort of thing will help to influence just who our next bishop will be – don’t think the Nuncio and Holy Father aren’t aware of it.

    With respect to whether Ordinatio Sacerdotalis is infallible or not – it is not. Pope BigE I has declared it not to be, despite John Paul’s quite clear proclamation to the contrary.

  2. avatar Scott W. says:

    I’m chalking it up to one of those Battle of the Bulge moments. The dissenter’s hay day passed long and this is one last-ditch effort before the go down the drain completely.

    P.S. Since this is endorsed by the editorial staff, NOW may we please stop pretending John Allen is some kind of lone voice of moderation?

  3. avatar Ben Anderson says:

    and thus they are officially V2 deniers!

    Lumen gentium

    Although the individual bishops do not enjoy the prerogative of infallibility, they nevertheless proclaim Christ’s doctrine infallibly whenever, even though dispersed through the world, but still maintaining the bond of communion among themselves and with the successor of Peter, and authentically teaching matters of faith and morals, they are in agreement on one position as definitively to be held.

  4. avatar Bruce says:

    In related news, the Sun Tribune came out and declared its support for making the moon a sun as well.

  5. avatar Ben Anderson says:

    They know full well that the hierarchy isn’t going to do a darn thing about their letter except to possibly, finally, remove the word catholic from their name. The question is – what are they trying to pull here? Are they just setting up for a drama in which they will shortly be calling for schism?

  6. avatar Scott W. says:

    The question is – what are they trying to pull here?

    Didn’t Hans Kung recently call for dissidents to openly revolt? In any case, I’m with annonymouse–I’d rather see this than their usual undermining of Church teaching with a thousand plausibly deniable cuts.

  7. avatar Gretchen says:

    The inevitable winnowing…

    Gretchen from SOP

  8. avatar Kevin says:

    Maybe now these idiots can be condemned by the USCCB. Do they have any sort of like “imprimatur,” not necessarily THAT, but something like some sort of support or acknowledgement by the USCCB? Because this is perfect timing for that “support” to be withdrawn. Maybe like forbidding priests from contributing or something like that.

  9. avatar Nerina says:

    NOW may we please stop pretending John Allen is some kind of lone voice of moderation?

    YES!

  10. avatar raymondfrice says:

    Although the individual bishops do not enjoy the prerogative of infallibility, they nevertheless proclaim Christ’s doctrine infallibly whenever, even though dispersed through the world, but still maintaining the bond of communion among themselves and with the successor of Peter, and authentically teaching matters of faith and morals, they are in agreement on one position as definitively to be held.

    Do all the bishops agree with the pope on this ?? Didn’t Pope Pius XII canvass all the RC bishops to see if they believed in the Assumption of Mary before he made his ex cathedra statement??

  11. avatar Ben Anderson says:

    Do all the bishops agree with the pope on this ??

    Did they in the 1st century? yes
    Did they in the 5th century? yes
    Did they in the … you’re getting the point.
    Did they in the latter part of the 20th century? It doesn’t matter – it’s already been made infallible by the ordinary universal teaching Magisterium of the Church.

    Didn’t Pope Pius XII canvass all the RC bishops to see if they believed in the Assumption of Mary before he made his ex cathedra statement??

    JP2 didn’t make an ex cathedra statement. Using his authority as the highest ranking member of the Church of Jesus Christ, he stated that it had already been taught infallibly.

  12. avatar raymondfrice says:

    “Did they in the 1st century? yes
    Did they in the 5th century? yes
    Did they in the … you’re getting the point.”

    Were they merely following a pretty ingrained cultural norm or were they definitively making doctrinal statements?
    We are told that priests/men reflect the image of Christ. Of what is this image comprised, just gender or does it include a male physiology, heterosexual orientation , psyche, psychology? What is a man or what is male.?

  13. avatar Ben Anderson says:

    Were they merely following a pretty ingrained cultural norm

    JP2 apparently didn’t think so, so I’ll have to side with him. Besides, weren’t women priests not unfamiliar to other religions of the time? I’m not so sure it was the “cultural norm” to have an all-male priesthood.

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