As discussed previously in posts on this blog, the Sacred Tradition is as important and valid as scripture. The Bible itself is a product of Sacred Tradition, its books having been originally belonging to what is called “oral tradition”. Furthermore, the biblical canon was selected by Pope Damascus I, who rejected multiple other “gospels” which were in use at the time. A large part of the mass comes from the Sacred Tradition. Various creeds come from the Sacred Tradition. The sole definitive source of Christian doctrine for the first one thousand years of Christianity, the bishops of the Catholic Church, had only Sacred Tradition at their disposal until the Synod of Rome in 382. That being said, unless one is to consider all of the first three hundred years of Christianity invalid, we must conclude that the Sacred Tradition is equal to the Sacred Scripture.
The Sacred Tradition found within The Sacrament of Holy Orders
Sacred Tradition in regards to the Sacrament of Holy Orders comes directly from Christ himself. The Catechism explains this rather well.
“Only a baptized man (vir) validly receives sacred ordination.” The Lord Jesus chose men (viri) to form the college of the twelve apostles, and the apostles did the same when they chose collaborators to succeed them in their ministry. The college of bishops, with whom the priests are united in the priesthood, makes the college of the twelve an ever-present and ever-active reality until Christ’s return. The Church recognizes herself to be bound by this choice made by the Lord himself. For this reason the ordination of women is not possible. – 1577, Catechism of the Catholic Church
In summary, we know the ordination of a priestess is a metaphysical impossibility because Christ and his apostles only ordained men. Therefore, a valid ordination cannot be performed on women. The priestess is an inherently pagan (apostate) tradition which the heretical churches have embraced.
5 thoughts on “Holy Orders & The Priestess”
What are you going to do if pope Francis ordinates women? Are you hypocritically going to abide to the resolution or are you going to do separate yourself from the church?
By the way, learn how to use the word “Metaphysical”. St. Thommas Aquinas would have slapped your mouth.
1. Pope Francis does not have the authority to do so. Any Pope that tries to change this will be deposed. The Pope has no power over this matter.
2. Metaphysics is defined as “the part of philosophy that is concerned with the basic causes and nature of things.” I have used it correctly. The fundamental nature of the priesthood prevents a woman from being ordained, therefore it is metaphysical impossible.
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It would have been helpful to have actually read what James wrote and understood the context before making such a misguided statement 👍 Pope Francis or any pope doesn’t have the authority to change the requirements of a sacrament because it was instituted by Christ so only He can change it 🙏
You know, if you try arguing this with pro-Catholic-priestess people, then they will just answer with, “But Jesus lived in a culture where women could not become priestesses necausee they had a lower status than women. Therefore, it was merely a cultural reason for why Jesus never ordained women. But now we are living in a different culture where a woman’s value is appreciated, so it’s okay to ordain women.”
To which I would often answer: “Actually the surrounding pagan culture would not have had a problem with the idea of Christian priestesses especially once Christianity was being spread to other parts of the empire with little Jewish presence. So how can we say that Christian priestesses would not have been accepted by another patriarchal ( i.e. the Greco-Roman) culture? How could we say that Christian priestesses would not have been appropriate for that time? But also, if Christian priestesses are supposed to be okay then why is it that Christ never had the audacity to ordain any and yet lacked no audacity in instituting the eucharist (something that was abhorrent to many pagans), in establishing a religion that will (as he explained) cause division and persecution, and in turning over the money-exchangers’ table at the Temple among other things?”