“A church without women is like the apostolic college without Mary. And our Lady is more important than the apostles.” He said frankly that the door is closed to women’s ordination, but ‘the Church is feminine because it is a wife and mother…You cannot understand the Church without active women in it…We have not done a theology of women fully.”
Again, this goes back to the typological interpretation of John (along with early Church history and theology).
I have found this statement very intriguing the last few days. I am not one who believes the Catholic Church is either bigoted nor sexist. I understand their reasoning and while I may not agree with it, it is intellectually honest. I cannot say the same for much of Evangelical theology, although some of the conclusions seem similar.
The way I see this working is that Jesus gives John (and by virtue of John, the Church) to Mary while he is on the Cross. Then, the world is given to the Apostles. Thus, Mary is above the Apostles.
If this is the case, and all of us, men and women, should look towards Mary, then why can’t women be ordained to something resembling priests?
Anyway, I rather enjoyed the statement made by Pope Francis and cannot wait to see the council/synod called to develop the theology of women.
Oh… and Peter? Yeah, I meant Peter Kirk.
- Pope Francis Says He Does Not Judge Gay Priests (swampland.time.com)
- Pope Francis: Door open to gays, closed to women as priests (seattlepi.com)
- Quote: “If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge him?” (Pope Francis) (blognovic.com)
- What the Pope said about gays (thecatholicsnetwork.com)
- Update Pope Francis- In Flight Press Conversations and Deciding Where to Put Those Holiday Souvenirs (blueeyedennis-siempre.blogspot.com)
- Pope Francis Says There’s No Deep Theology of Women in the Church (vox-nova.com)