13. THE QUESTION WAS:
Which of the following can be permitted in rare circumstances?
a. Ordination of a female priest
b. Baptism by a lay person
THE ANSWER IS .B .A Catholic lay person can baptize a person who is dying if a priest cannot make it on time.
But the Catholic Church does NOT have permission from Jesus to ordain a woman priest. This is one of those irreversible, infallible doctrines .if we accept Jesus promise that the Holy Spirit will guide the Church into all truth, we must accept it, even if we dont understand the benefit. Its just how things were designed.
Therefore, people can march and protest for the next 2,000 years against the doctrine, but it wont make an iota of difference .because the Catholic Church, which is the pillar and foundation of truth (1 Tim 3:15) is incapable of reversing doctrines like this .The Holy Spirit will always prevent the Church from erring, and will always preserve truthful doctrines through the Church.
"Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show [it] unto you." - John 16:13-14
Therefore, while other Churches reverse themselves time and again on core doctrines, the Catholic Church can always claim constant teaching . truthful teaching. We have no right to make up our own teaching if it departs from what was handed down through the apostles and their successors by Jesus.
In an article in the Seattle Catholic, writer Peter W. Miller made these arguments regarding the ordination of women:
It has been the constant teaching of the Church that ordination of women is against natural law. Priesthood is no more accessible to a woman than motherhood is to a man. In the Old Testament, men were exclusively chosen by God to offer sacrifices and when Christ selected twelve apostles, He chose all men. The argument is sometimes put forward that Christ chose male disciples because he lived in a male-dominated society. Although the observation of the times may be accurate, Christ repeatedly demonstrated his lack of regard for cultural norms. He certainly showed little hesitation associating with lepers, adulterers and Samaritans, as well as cleansing the temple of merchants and revoking the practice of divorce. God did not become man to conform to the popular opinions of the time. He commanded the current and future world conform to His law. [Seattle Catholic]
Since the time of the apostles, the Church has always maintained a male priesthood. St. Irenaeus and Tertullian of the early Church, both condemned heretical sects that attempted to admit women to priestly orders. Far from its current accusations of "sexism" and "repression of women", the Church was appointing women as abbesses and superiors at a time when women couldn't own property. Additionally, many women throughout history have been honored as saints, including St. Catherine of Sienna who was extremely respected (and feared) by the popes of her day. In fact, the Blessed Virgin, the holiest mortal ever to walk the earth (besides Christ who was both God and man) was a woman. Although she is universally venerated as the queen of all angels and saints, even Mary was not selected by Christ to perform priestly duties. Instead were chosen twelve men of apparently questionable character who committed acts of denial and betrayal. 8/3/01
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