Cafeteria Catholics and Women’s Ordination to the Priesthood

I can remember one time during RCIA, a stand-in facilitator decided to let us know his personal views regarding certain doctrines/dogmas in the Catholic faith. Bracing myself for the unexpected, I sat there with an obviously annoyed look because I didn’t sign up to hear his opinion.

Well, the facilitator mentioned the ONE thing that would’ve upset many people: he was pro-women ordination to the priesthood.

At that moment, my head sank in disdain.

I sat in disbelief at his words. I wanted to speak up, but I didn’t. I had too many mixed emotions about his statements. He really decried the “traditionalist” that supported deep-rooted beliefs that have been around since the inception of the Church.

But his comments got me thinking of why I’ve always disliked cafeteria Christians. The kind of Christians that pick and choose certain doctrines to follow that they think most resonate with them while disregarding the ones that are “culturally out of date.”

When I was a Protestant, I saw women ministers a lot. I can remember many Baptist/nondenominational women’s pastors teaching and preaching. The men would even say something like “God used women in the Bible and who am I to deny her spiritual gifts if she has them to preach.” Intuitively, I always knew this was a radical departure from how things should go and just shook my head.

This is partly why I joined the Catholic Church. Especially during the marriage redefinition debate a few years ago. When many denominations began to practice gay marriages, I saw the Catholic Church stand firm and maintain the permanent nature of the Sacrament of Marriage and human sexuality in Matthew 19.

But with all this precious moral and faith certainty, still, far too many Catholics aren’t willing to accept full truths of faith that have been revealed through natural law, divine revelation (Tradition or Sacred Scripture), or even the Magisterium. To see many Catholics embrace spiritual relativism is a slippery slope that’s tantamount to a horrible caricature of Protestantism.

And as far as women ordination to the priesthood in the Catholic Church, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) states on their “Ten Frequently Asked Questions About The Reservation Of Priestly Ordination To Men” that:

“In the apostolic letter, Ordinatio Sacerdotalis, Pope John Paul II reaffirmed that the Catholic Church has no authority to confer priestly ordination on women. This teaching is to be held definitively by all the faithful as belonging to the deposit of faith. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith clarified the authority of this teaching by stating that it is founded on the written Word of God, has been constantly preserved and applied in the Tradition of the Church and has been set forth infallibly by the universal ordinary magisterium.”

By virtue of being a part of the Deposit of Faith, women’s ordination isn’t a reality. It’s non-negotiable! Progressives that push this agenda can continue to advocate this, but you’re going against God’s truth.

Overall, we all have endowed gifts through the Spirit, but those gifts can be used in a variety of ways through service and activities. Men and women, respectively, have all the power from God to perform their own unique role in the church. Simply put, men don’t strive to be spiritual mothers, nor women strive to be spiritual fathers! Each sex has its respective vocation.

Find it. Live it out.

I did tell the director of religious education about the leader’s comments. She agreed that it was inappropriate and spoke individually to the facilitator about his role/duties in the RCIA process.

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