Church defends male-only priesthood

THE LACK provision for women to become Catholic priests is not the result of sexism 2000 years ago, its because women cannot fulfill a basic function of the priesthood, ‘standing in the place of Jesus,’ Fr Stephen Wang said yesterday in a statement sent out by the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales.

Fr Wang was responding to the announcement that campaigners for female priests will plaster posters on London buses next month during the Pope Benedict XVI’s arrival in the city as part of his visit to Scotland and England.

Cross Wires reiterates that there are are many ways for women with a vocation to dedicate their lives to God in the Catholic Church and that equal does not mean the same. The tradition of male priests must not become a subject to score empty political points on, be it through equality legislation or poster campaigns. And finally, until the thousands of women who have already committed to the Church through Holy Orders demand the right to be priests, there is no genuine case for change.

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