Originally Posted by Karenwith4
I think ordaining women would change the need for the Catholic church to shuffle sex offenders from parish to parish, avoiding the problem and maintaining their declining number of priest. The introduction of women into the power structure would also IMO make a difference about how these issues are handled.
And ordaining women will do this HOW? As we can see, women religious sexually abuse children
, so ordaining a woman wouldn't change anything.
What people are completely ignorning is the need to examine the Catechesis these men went through during their formation as Priests. Additionally, there needs to be investigations into the psychological evaulations these men went through during their priestly formation.
A whole sale "ordaining women will fix everything" is not the cure. Examining the past is what will lead us to being able to avoid such issues in the future.
And would like to state that I think the issue has been handled poorly. We must pray for all of our priests, bishops, and the Pope- that this manner may be handled in the manner it needs to be, and that justice is served.
|I'm not arguing that sex crimes don't happen in other situations. Clearly they do. But I would like to see your evidence that it happens far more in Protestant denominations. From what I have read pedophilia runs at about 4-6% of priests which is the top end of the estimates for the general public where it is estimated at 1- 4%. (source)
I am currently working on retracing my sources. Can we call a truce on this particular subject for a few hours?Here
is an article, though, that is giving me a place to retrace my steps
|None of that negates however that the sex abuse of children should in any way or circumstance be compared to elevating the status of women to be on par with men. The idea is both absurd and clearly illustrates just how out of touch the patriarchy is with reality. I personally think it is a deliberate diversionary tactic
And again, the original article posted distorts the original letter issued by the Vatican
|The more grave delict of the attempted sacred ordination of a woman is also reserved to the
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith:
1° With due regard for can. 1378 of the Code of Canon Law, both the one who attempts to confer sacred ordination on a woman, and she who attempts to receive sacred ordination, incurs a latae sententiae excommunication reserved to the Apostolic See.
§ 1. The more grave delicts against morals which are reserved to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith are:
1° the delict against the sixth commandment of the Decalogue committed by a cleric with a minor below the age of eighteen years; in this case, a person who habitually lacks the use of reason is to be considered equivalent to a minor.
2° the acquisition, possession, or distribution by a cleric of pornographic images of minors under the age of fourteen, for purposes of sexual gratification, by whatever means or using whatever technology;
§ 2. A cleric who commits the delicts mentioned above in § 1 is to be punished according to the gravity of his crime, not excluding dismissal or deposition.
Sexual abuse of children is called out as a moral issue.This article
discusses the Vatican's letter in better terms than I can.