Vatican makes attempted ordination of women a grave crime
I’m so pleased that the Vatican has its priorities in order:
The Vatican today made the “attempted ordination” of women one of the gravest crimes under church law, putting it in the same category as clerical sex abuse of minors, heresy and schism.
The new rules, which have been sent to bishops around the world, apply equally to Catholic women who agree to a ceremony of ordination and to the bishop who conducts it. Both would be excommunicated. Since the Vatican does not accept that women can become priests, it does not recognise the outcome of any such ceremony.
The latest move, which appeared to bar and bolt the door to Catholic women priests, came at a time when the Church of England moved in the opposite direction, to a step closer to the ordination of female bishops.
The Vatican’s reclassification of attempted female ordination was part of a revision of a 2001 decree, the main purpose of which was to tighten up the rules on sex abuse by priests in reaction to the scandals that have been sweeping through the church since January
I wonder if, 30 years from now, we’ll be uncovering an entire brave hidden network within the church that protected bishops who ordain women, moved them secretly from parish to parish, hid them when complaints surfaced, claimed the bishops were ‘cured’ of the desire to ordain women, and reassigned them elsewhere to continue on their sinful, sinful ways?