Monday, December 3, 2012

Quote du Jour (Hallelujah Department) | NCR Endorses Ordination of Catholic Women

Today's social media streams are buzzing with the Vatican's latest announcement about the Pope's new Twitter account, something I wrote about after last year's Vatican announcement about the Pope's new Twitter account (The Pope tweets sort of...)

Escaping notice thus far, but not by me, this editorial from the ever-fearless National Catholic Reporter titled, Ordination of women would correct an injustice.

In it, NCR editors review the history of Rome's response to the faithful's ongoing call to ordain women, including a description of the usual internecine kerfuffles about language that might indicate something like movement.

The piece continues with a plea for Catholics to speak up even more "in every forum available to us." The comments include the usual spew from self-appointed "real Catholics" who call for the excommunication of, I guess, unreal Catholics who speak truth to power in this and other hot topics.

The kicker paragraph is today's Quote du Jour:

Our message is that we believe the sensus fidelium is that the exclusion of women from the priesthood has no strong basis in Scripture or any other compelling rationale; therefore, women should be ordained.

We have heard the faithful assent to this in countless conversations in parish halls, lecture halls and family gatherings. It has been studied and prayed over individually and in groups. The brave witness of the Women's Ordination Conference, as one example, gives us assurance that the faithful have come to this conclusion after prayerful consideration and study -- yes, even study of Ordinatio Sacerdotalis.

─  NCR Editorial Staff, December 3, 2012