But, let’s not forget that at the heart of the Lavinia Byrne case was her refusal to accept Catholic teaching on the question of whether women can be priests. And on this question the Church’s doctrine has been utterly consistent since the beginning of the Christian era: namely that the Church has no authority to ordain women. This was confirmed by Pope John Paul II in 1994. He made it very clear that this was not a new dogma, but a very old one. To teach the contrary, he declared, is “equivalent to leading consciences into error.”
The ladies below need not have had any worries, I think. In fact, one look would have sent you running for the bottle. As someone once said to me, the strongest argument against ordaining women might be the women who actually want to be ordained!
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