FRANKFURT AM MAIN (LifeSiteNews) – The members of the Synodal Way Assembly approved a document calling on Pope Francis to allow women’s ordination. Nearly 82% of the bishops present voted in favor of the document.
The heterodox text calls for a reassessment of Pope St. John Paul II’s magisterial document “Ordinatio sacerdotalis” (1994) in which the Pope confirmed the Church’s constant bi-millennial teaching of an exclusively male priesthood. In his apostolic letter, John Paul II quoted Pope Paul VI in his affirmation of the Church’s teaching on the matter:
She [the Catholic Church] holds that it is not admissible to ordain women to the priesthood, for very fundamental reasons. These reasons include: the example recorded in the Sacred Scriptures of Christ choosing his Apostles only from among men; the constant practice of the Church, which has imitated Christ in choosing only men; and her living teaching authority which has consistently held that the exclusion of women from the priesthood is in accordance with God’s plan for his Church. (Ordinatio sacerdotalis 1)
John Paul II added this emphatic declaration regarding the question of priestly ordination for women:
Wherefore, in order that all doubt may be removed regarding a matter of great importance, a matter which pertains to the Church’s divine constitution itself, in virtue of my ministry of confirming the brethren (cf. Lk 22:32) I declare that the Church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women and that this judgment is to be definitively held by all the Church’s faithful. (Ordinatio Sacerdotalis 4)
Liberal bishops around the world continue promoting heterodox views on homosexuality, female priests, divorce, contraception, and more — advancing anti-Catholic positions that jeopardize the salvation of souls.
Such bishops often sideline, ignore and even persecute traditional Catholics who simply ask that the Faith be preserved and passed on to their children.
But traditional Catholics cannot be silenced any longer, which is why we are uniting in this international boycott of modernist bishops and dioceses until the deposit of Faith is upheld by the hierarchy again.
SIGN: We will not fund modernist bishops or priests who undermine the Catholic Faith, but rather direct our contributions towards faithful clergy and orders that work for the salvation of souls.
There are countless examples of bishops working against Christ's Church in calling for divine law to be ignored in favor of sexual, doctrinal and liturgical deviancy, even trying to clamp down on Catholics who practise the Faith.
Just last year, Cardinal Cupich banned traditional prayers after Mass, and more recently has curtailed the Traditional Latin Mass in his diocese.
Cardinal Cupich has banned the Hail Mary and St Michael Prayer after Mass— Nick Donnelly (@ProtecttheFaith) August 27, 2021
Who but a devil would ban these prayers after Mass
The attack on the Faith is out in the open, with modernist bishops causing scandal in countless ways:
- Shutting down the Latin Mass in numerous parishes
- Rejecting the Church's teaching on sodomy
- Ignoring Vatican cover-ups of abuse by fellow bishops
- Celebrating LGBT Masses
- And so much more!
We have seen enough. Now is the time to show true Catholic unity against those who undermine the Faith - do not be bullied into submission by these men who would disfigure Christ's Church.
JOIN THE BOYCOTT & SHARE! Tell everyone you know to STOP giving money to bishops who attack the Catholic Faith.
"We therefore commit to a financial boycott of modernist bishops until the hierarchy resolves to uphold the entire deposit of Faith."
If the bishops refuse to uphold and protect the teaching of Christ's Bride, the Catholic Church, then we must refuse to support them until they repent.
P.S. — Demanding that liberal bishops be held to account through financial boycott will help save the Church from doctrinal and pastoral ruin. This is the first step in restoring the Faith for future generations. Our time is now, so please join us by signing today!
Photos: Pope Francis. Flickr. Long Thiên; Cardinal Cupich. Flickr. Goat_Girl; Collection Plate: Lisa F. Young/Shutterstock
Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer of Regensburg, one of only two bishops who voted against all the proposed documents at the Synodal Assembly, expressed his disapproval of the proposal for women’s ordination. Speaking to the Assembly itself, he said:
The text puts a question mark behind the letter Ordinatio sacerdotalis, which was promulgated with quasi supremely binding doctrinal authority, and wants to enlarge this question mark and convey it to the Universal Church, […] this is theologically legitimate, but as a bishop, I cannot subscribe to it in this way. I don’t see my task as enlarging the question mark, but as putting an exclamation mark behind Ordinatio sacerdotalis with good theological reasons, which I am convinced are good reasons.
The other German bishops who voted against the call for women’s ordination were Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki and Bishops Josef Graf, Gregor Maria Hanke, Matthias Heinrich, Wolfgang Ipolt, Stefan Oster, Dominikus Schwaderlapp, Rupert Stolberg, and Florian Wörner.
The bishops who abstained from voting were Stephan Burger, Herwig Gössl, Thomas Löhr, Ansgar Puff, and Stefan Zekorn.
Journalist Dorothea Schmidt, who attended the Synodal Assembly, wrote that the Synodal Way departed from Christian anthropology and that it would turn the German Church into a “German-national liberal-feminist gender church.”
The Co-President of the Synodal Way, Irme Stetter-Karp, said in an interview shortly after the document on women’s ordinations was approved: “But of course, this resolution is only one step in what we women want”, insinuating that there are plans to put forward more feminist and heterodox proposals and policies.
The fourth Assembly of the German Synodal Way was held from September 8-10, 2022 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The Synodal Assembly consists of the 56 German bishops, 69 Representatives of the lay organization “Central Committee of German Catholics” and several other members of clergy and laity. For a text to be approved a majority of the members of the Assembly, as well as a two-thirds majority of the bishops, is needed.