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*Image: Priests lay their hands on the ordinands during a Catholic rite of ordination [Source: Wikipedia, “Holy Orders in the Catholic Church”]

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture, March 31, 2023

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org.

Let’s take another look at that remarkable interview with Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich. In my first analysis I gave top priority to his claim that “homosexuality did not even exist” at the time when St. Paul wrote about it. But now I want to look more carefully at his comments on the ordination of women, and his statement that when Pope John Paul II said it could never happen, that was “a true teaching for its time.”

True for its time. That concept deserves a closer look.

Pope John Paul II did not merely say that the Church would not ordain women; he said that the Church could not ordain women. The Catechism of the Catholic Church confirms this teaching (1577): “Only a baptized man (vir) validly receives sacred ordination… For this reason the ordination of women is not possible.” …

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