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Women Priests

It was with considerable amusement that I and my fellow priests watched a news item the other evening on the subject of women priests.

There were many young “trendy” and “with-it” people protesting about the refusal of the Holy See to permit ordination of female persons and they were also protesting about the gift of priestly celibacy.  I personally have never had any difficulty with the celibacy rule as I do not believe I am the “marrying kind”!  Nevertheless there is great confusion surrounding the matter.  People do not understand that, although the celibacy rule is simply a church regulation which can be changed should the  Holy Father decide to do so, the same is not true for the ordination of women.

Women are not suitable for the priesthood.  Scripture is very clear on this.

You only have to look at  1 Timothy 2:11-14

11 A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. 
12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. 
13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 
14 And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner.

Nothing could be clearer.  Women should remain quiet and submissive.  Women should not preach to men, nor should they have authority over men.  Eve brought Sin to the world.  For all these reasons, although women may provide a useful role cleaning and tidying the churches, they may never assume the priestly role laid down by Our Divine Lord for men.

I remember once, when I was home from the seminary for a few days, my grandfather taught me a rhyme as we cut the turf, and I still remember it to this day —

A woman, a dog and a walnut tree

The more you beat them the better they be.

While I do not advocate excessive beatings, I believe a firm hand is needed when dealing with the fair sex, and I have always advised young couples preparing for the sacrament of matrimony to ponder carefully who will be the head of the house, for there can only be one leader, and a woman is not temperamentally suited to the role.  A woman is likely to be distracted by fripperies and also to be a slave to her own emotions.  In times of difficulty, we do not need a hysterical person making the hard decisions and that is why there will never be a woman priest.

People who call for a change in such laws are little better than Protestants, in my considered view.

I have asked the Bishop’s permission to publish a short item on the subject but he has not yet come back to me with an answer.  I will take his silence as permission to go ahead.