Thursday, July 8, 2010

Holy See will have greater jurisdiction on certain kinds of investigations

This is long overdue. From CNA/EWTN News (emphases mine in bold)

Sins such as the attempted ordination of women to the priesthood and the "crimes against the faith" of heresy, schism and apostasy, that have until now been investigated by the CDF only on an extraordinary basis will fall under their official jurisdiction, thus clearing up any confusion as to where cases must be reported. In other words, it formalizes procedures that may have been followed in practice, but were never made official.

According to the July 8 Notimex report, possession and distribution of child pornography will also be declared "serious sins" and, in cases in which they have been found guilty in civil courts, perpetrators could be sentenced without a canonical trial.

The modifications should be promulgated in the coming days, bearing the signature of the prefect of the CDF, Cardinal William Levada [pictured, right], and accompanied by notes explaining the changes and the history of the legislation.

There was more...

Reports concur across the board that there will be changes in the process of trying priests who have sexually abused minors, and that there will be an increase in the statute of limitations in these cases from the current 10 years to 20 years after the victim turned 18 years old.

Go read: Vatican to clarify canonical procedure for attempted ordination of women at CNA/EWTN News

Phil Lawler discusses how the media will report on this issue in the coming days in, Advance warning: inaccurate news reports coming soon  at Catholic Culture.

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Nick said...

I remember this same report some years ago. Let's see if anything comes out of this report.

Lily said...

I find it distressing that it would be a SIN to ordain a woman into priesthood because as Jesus preached that the soul is the same whether the gender is female or male. Calling a woman's ordination a sin sounds like the men's organization does not believe that woman would love Jesus Christ in the same way and we know that is just not true. Lily

Diane M. Korzeniewski, OCDS said...

Dear Lily,

One of the things that I did when I began to take my Catholic faith much more seriously back in 2005, was to try to understand why the Catholic Church teaches the things that she does. In fact, that is part of what gave rise to this blog, was what I was learning.

Each of us can have an opinion on a particular subject. If 10 people all express a different opinion on the same subject with regards to some aspect of Catholicism, does it mean there can be 10 different truths? To say yes, is to suggest that North can be in any direction that suits us as individuals. Or that people can make 2+2 to be something other than 4 because it fits their desires or needs at a given moment. It does not change the objective realities that North cannot be South or West, or anything else in between, and 2+2 can only equal 4.

Whether it is on the subject of homosexual activity, or on the "ordination" of women, there are things the Church cannot change. It's not a matter of this pope or that pope changing the rules.

Pope John Paul II wrote a beautiful explanation on why the Church - not the Pope - but the Church, cannot ordain women as priests.

I would encourage you to spend some time reading it slowly, preferrably before the Blessed Sacrament in Adoration, and try - just try to understand what he was teaching the faithful in those documents.

The capacity of women to love Christ has nothing to do with priestly orders. In fact, who on earth could have possessed greater love for Christ than His Mother, Mary?

Recommended Reading:

First, what does the Church teach about the dignity of women?

Mulieris Dignitatem

Second, what does Pope John Paul II teach about ordination and gender?

Apostolic Letter Ordinatio Sacerdotalis by Pope John Paul II

That document refers back to this document:

Declaration on the Admission of Women to the Ministerial Priesthood (Inter insigniores)

And if you want to delve deeply into the subject, Rev. Dr. Manfred Hauke wrote the book, Women in the Priesthood: A Systematic Analysis in the Light of the Order of Creation and Redemption

May God grace you with a desire to seek truth and understanding, and most of all, humble acceptance, even in the absence of understanding. That is true faith - to give assent without the understanding. Faith seeks understanding.

Please pray for me!

Diane M. Korzeniewski, OCDS said...

As an aside, I recommend opening that last link by using right-click, "open in new window" in order to get the full window size, if you getting a truncated one.