Women’s Ordination

The Question of Women’s Ordination, an Ancient Error Revisited

Vanity of vanities, there is nothing new under the sun…

The topic of accepting women into Holy Orders is a hotly debated topic these days. Women bishops, priests, and deacons are currently accepted within many Liberal Independent Catholic jurisdictions. This topic keeps coming up in Roman Catholic circles as well. But what are these modern revisionists utilizing to justify their positions? Are they basing their theology on sound teachings passed on through the historic deposit of faith, or simply rehashing old errors?

The topic of women’s ordination was brought up recently by a young bishop seeking to join the Catholic Church in America (CCIA). His observation was that "any decision regarding accepting women into holy orders would require convening another “Ecumenical Council.” I presented him with two responses:

1. It is an impossibility to gather such a council of the whole Church, and

2. We are not so proud as to say we speak for the entire Church of Christ

Whenever questioned as to why we formed the CCIA, I often reply that our goal was not to start something new, but to return to the Catholic roots of orthodoxy. There is a great movement of both clergy and laity that are dismayed at the direction mainstream Catholicism is heading. Our goals are not intended to be grandiose or prideful, but submissive to the will of God as recorded in the historic deposit of faith. Much of this tradition is found in the first seven Ecumenical Councils of the early Church, but Church tradition is not limited to those sources.