As PF's Post Synodal Exhortation was 'presented' at the Vatican News Conference, there was a palpable sense of unease in the more unhealthy areas of the room. Far from taking further some of the iffy bits in the Synod Report, PF's Exhortatation rowed back on them. Questioners who attempted to reinstate, as it were, what they had liked best in the Synod Report, were firmly told by the 'panel' that only the Exhortation constituted part of the Pope's Ordinary Magisterium.
THE ORDINATION OF WOMEN
Para 101: "Jesus Christ appears as the Spouse of the community that celebrates the Eucharist through the figure of a man who presides as a sign of the one Priest.".
In the Italian, uomo. German eines Mannes. French homme. Spanish varon. Portuguese varao.
I hesitate to pontificate in areas where I am not competent. But a little fiddling on the computer suggests to me that the Iberian terms are even more strongly masculine than those in the other languages (there is, of course, no Latin text yet ... readers appropriately expert could tell us about the Polish, Arabic, and Chinese). I read that while you could in Spanish have "un Hombre gay", you could not have "un varon gay"!
PF is, of course, only for the moment faced by demands from liberals for the Ordination of women deacons. But this is just a dodge on their part. Like those who for a generation demanded priestesses in the Church of England, the trouble-makers are concentrating on the first 'stage' of their plot. Once you get women deacons dressing up and wearing clerical garb and posturing around altars, you are gradually habituating a congregation to a feminised ministry which makes 'the next and logical stage', women priests, more easily acceptable to many ordinary worshippers.
This makes it all the more remarkable that PF is actually jumping one step ahead of the heretics. Like those Catholics who point out that the Sacrament of Order is essentially indivisible, PF treats Holy Order as one. He takes the claim that "women would be granted a greater status and participation in the Church only if they were admitted to Holy Orders", and then remarks "But that approach would in fact narrow our vision; it would lead us to clericalise women, diminish the great value of what they have already accomplished, and subtly make their indispensable contribution less effective".
LAY (or diaconal) CELEBRATION
Here again, PF comes down with remarkable decision on the side of orthodoxy. The Eucharist can only be celebrated, and Absolution can only be given, by a priest. He footnotes the CDF document Sacerdotium ministeriale of 1983. And he closes off a possible loophole by making clear that the power of Orders is "not delegable".
SHORTAGE OF PRIESTS
PF remarks: "It is noteworthy that, in some countries in the Amazon Basin, more missionaries go to Europe or the US than remain to assist their own vicariates in the Amazon region".
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