Ordain a lady?
Excommunication, latae sententiae!
This is almost a bizarre as The Way’s “Renewed Mind is the Key” video:
1. St. Therese of Lisieux, my patron saint, was not a supporter of women’s ordination (as if!). She understood the typology, that she was a bride of Christ, spiritually speaking, and her mission was in fact to pray for priests, especially those in the missions. She understood they acted in persona Christi.
2. Women wanting to become priests is like me wanting to be pregnant with a baby. I am, by nature, not able to do it. It’s not that God hates me, or wants to deprive of the joy of conceiving and carry a baby within myself–all beautiful and wondrous things that women experience–it is simply that that is not how God made men. Similarly, women cannot be priests. It is an ontological impossibility.
3. It is not a question of the fact that women “can do priestly duties.” Of course women can do the same actions a priest does. Say words, make the sign of the cross, etc. The priest is not primarily a functional vocation; it is instead something that the priest is. He images Christ the bridegroom. He offers the sacrifice. He absolves in the name of Christ. The priesthood is not a job anymore than motherhood is a job. Sure, it entails responsibilities that can feel like a job, but motherhood itself is much, much greater than “a job.”
4. “Other churches try to schmooze me.” Yet they don’t become Episcopal or Methodist or what-have-you. Why not? Simple, there is no challenge there. No news. There’s already lots of women ministers in those (Protestant) denominations. Big deal. No, the holy grail would be getting to be a priest in the Catholic Church. Yet they don’t realize that it can never happen, no more than me ever becoming pregnant (pace, Arnold).
Conclusion: these dear women are grievously misguided. They do not understand who they are as women. They are co-opting holy saints like Therese of Lisieux to promote their heretical notions. They even say ridiculous things like “don’t listen to St. Paul.” Can they even hear themselves? Their video almost mocks itself in its ludicrousness. God help them.
Finally, their vestments are terrible.