John Paul II’s Ban on Female Priests ‘Not a Dogma’: Key Amazon Synod Organizer, by Dr. Maike Hickson

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By Dr. Maike Hickson, LifeSiteNews, September 30, 2019

Maike HicksonThe bishop credited with writing the Amazon Synod’s controversial working document has stated that Pope John Paul II’s teaching about the impossibility of female priests is “not a dogma.”

Bishop Erwin Kräutler, the retired bishop of Xingu, Brazil, made this claim in an interview with Blickpunkt Lateinamerika, the journal of the German relief agency Adveniat – a group which heavily funded the preparations for the upcoming Synod happening in Rome October 6-27.

Making it once more clear that he is in favor of female priests, the Bishop explained that the reason why he never speaks of “viri probati” (morally proven married men who could possibly be ordained), but, rather, of “personae probatae” (proven persons) is because the former is “too much bound to one sex.”

“I know it is not easy to oppose exclusion of women from the ordained priesthood, as it has been cemented [sic] by Pope John Paul II in his 1994 apostolic document Ordinatio Sacerdotalis,” he said, adding: “But, even if the Pope explained at the time that ‘all the faithful of the Church are definitely to hold this decision,’ it is nevertheless not a dogma.”  ….