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I’m flummoxed, can anyone explain this to me!

Posted by Joel Friedlander | 1 Comment

I am sure that almost no one is terribly concerned with how ultra orthodox Jews view the preparation of leafy vegetables.  A friend of mine’s daughter was told by a super orthodox Rabbi that if she served a lettuce without taking it apart and examining every part of the leaf for tiny bugs, eating it would be worse than eating a roast pork sandwich on Yom Kippur.  A little ridiculous, don’t you think, for surely there is nothing in the Bible about not eating leafy vegetables while there is a very strict prohibition against eating pork.  Well the same type of thing happen in the Catholic Church today.  Their new rules include:

Art. 5

The more grave delict of the attempted sacred ordination of a woman is also reserved to the

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith:

1̊ 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.  My Emphasis

2̊ If the one attempting to confer sacred ordination, or the woman who attempts to receive sacred ordination, is a member of the Christian faithful subject to the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches, with due regard for can. 1443 of that Code, he or she is to be punished by major excommunication reserved to the Apostolic See.

3̊ If the guilty party is a cleric he may be punished by dismissal or deposition[31].

Art. 6

§ 1. The more grave delicts against morals which are reserved to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith are:

1̊ the delict against the sixth commandment of the Decalogue (Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultry) 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.

2̊ 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.

According to what I read above, if you try to ordain a woman as a priest the punishment is major excommunication, or being denied entry into Heaven through the Church, but if you are a pederast, the punishment is dismissal or deposition.  I’m having a problem understanding this, can anyone explain to me how the Church thinks on this?  How can #5 be worse than #6?  How can having a woman priest, which is not specifically prohibited in the New Testament be worse than raping a child under the age of majority, which is specifically prohibited in both the New and the Old Testaments, albeit under different numbers in the Decalogue.


One Response to “I’m flummoxed, can anyone explain this to me!”

  1. Jason
    January 14th, 2014 @

    Excommunication isn’t for “worse” sins per se, it is for serious sins that cause public scandal in matters regarding the faith.

    The Church doesn’t endorse somebody claiming to ordain women, or a woman claiming to have been ordained, and the people who might otherwise try to receive sacraments from them need it to be made clear that such people do not have legitimate authority. Excommunication is simply a public acknowledgment that a person by their actions has seriously distanced themselves from the Church. It’s a protection against causing further confusion and scandal. Characterizing it as “being denied entry into heaven” is a caricature.

    A pedophile priest by engaging in such activity has sinned grievously and in doing so, has also seriously distanced himself from the life of grace and the Church. This sin is mortal, and mortal sin is also technically an excommunication (meaning simply “out of communion”…it’s not an intrinsically “mean-spirited” concept), the difference being that it is already universally understood that pedophilia is seriously grave matter so the Church does not need to announce that as public record, while not everybody knows that causing confusion among the faithful by trying to ordain Church ministers without the participation or consent of the Church is also serious. They are very different no doubt, but both are serious. The one needs a public “statement” for the sake of clarifying the nature of the act, while the nature of the other act (pedophilia) hardly needs clarification.

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