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Why Catholic priests must be men

Discussion in 'One Bread, One Body - Catholic' started by Michie, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. Michie

    Michie Perch Perkins. Catholic reporter. ;) Supporter

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    The Catholic Church is one of the last major holdouts among Christians to insist that their clergy be exclusively men. This has been a source of much questioning and, at times, great controversy even among practicing Catholics. The argument usually focuses on Jesus having picked only men to be his Apostles, in spite of the fact that he clearly felt free to defy contemporary customs in a whole range of other areas of his ministry.

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  2. Selene03

    Selene03 Active Member

    The Catholic Church cannot change this. Men are priests because they are the spiritual heads of the household whether it be God's household or their family household. Women are not the spiritual heads. God and the angels recognize and speak to the heads of the home.

    For example, the Angel Gabriel spoke to Mary when she was single, telling her that she would bear a child. But after she married Joseph, the angel never spoke to her after that. It was always to Joseph he spoke to after Mary got married. That same angel spoke to Zachariah and told him that his wife Elizabeth would bear a son. He never spoke to Elizabeth because she wasn't the head of the household. Throughout the Bible, God and his angels only speak to the head of the household unless the woman has no husband. God always spoke to Abraham. He never spoke to Sarah. In Genesis, it was to Adam that God told not to eat the forbidden fruit. Adam gave that information to his wife Eve. Then along comes Satan, and who did he speak to? He spoke to Eve, and man fell into sin.

    Today, there are some people who think that the Catholic Church is being sexist because they wouldn't allow women to become priests. They cry out for equality for men and women; however, this has nothing to do with equality. God created men and women differently. They are equal as humans with the same dignity, but they each have different roles. Being different doesn't mean they are not equal. It simply means they are different.