Thursday, July 15, 2010
In the latest PR disaster for the Catholic Church, the Vatican today issued new rules equating the “attempted ordination” of women one of the gravest crimes under church law, putting it in the same category as pedophile priests.
The new rules, sent to Bishops around the world, apply equally to Catholic women who agree to a ceremony of ordination and to any Bishop who conducts it. Both would be immediately excommunicated.
This latest move, which appeared to bar and bolt the door to Catholic women priests, came at a time when the Church of England moved in the opposite direction, allowing the ordination of women Bishops.
It would appear the Catholic Church is stuck forever in the 8th century.