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By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture, Jan 31, 2023

Jeffrey Mirus holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Princeton University. A co-founder of Christendom College, he also pioneered Catholic Internet services. He is the founder of Trinity Communications and

I’ve waited a few days to comment, but Cardinal Robert McElroy’s observations on “radical inclusion” for LGBT people and women in the Church is so full of Catholic misunderstanding that it is difficult to credit it to a bishop (see Cardinal McElroy on ‘radical inclusion’ for LGBT people, women, and others in the Church). For example, McElroy says that the question of ordaining women to the priesthood “will be one of the most difficult questions confronting the international synods in 2023 and 2024”. If a question that has already been definitively settled in the negative by God Himself will be so difficult, that is a massive indictment of the synodal process.

Of course, he also states that the Church should “move toward admitting women to the diaconate”, but that would be impossible if the Church is not authorized by Christ to ordain females to the diaconate, as at least seems extremely likely. So why the assumption and recommendation that the Church should do this? …