The other day I went to Mass and at Communion time three lay distributors went up to the altar. All three were women!!! That is not acceptable.
Most of you would not give it another thought, but to me the thought of a woman on the altar is very distasteful. The problem is that women have no place leading worship. Since the beginning of time, the men have offered sacrifices and performed other forms of worship. In the Old Testament, there were High Priests, but no High Priestesses or any priestesses for that matter. Priestesses have long been a fixture of pagan religions, but they have no place in Jewish or Christian ceremonies.
This preference for male priests started at the Last Supper. According to How Christ Said the First Mass, only 12 men were present at the Last Supper and Christ consecrated them as priests. This was a sign that all future priests would be men.
St. Paul himself stated it best.
“Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to use authority over the man: but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed; then Eve. And Adam was not seduced; but the woman, being seduced, was in the transgression. Yet she shall be saved through child bearing; if she continue in faith and love and sanctification with sobriety.” (1 Timothy 2:11-15)
The push for women on the altar comes from several fronts. First, there are those who want priests to marry. There are also those who want homosexuals to be consecrated priests. Both of these groups are seeking to destroy the Church, not update the Church as many of them claim.
Once again, women do not belong on the altar. That is not because they are bad people. The priests of the Church have always been men and must always be men. God does not change and neither should His Church.
Hmmm. John. I agree with part of your essay. You can’t be Catholic and gay. You certainly can’t be gay and a priest. Ask “God’s Rottweiler” Pope Benedict. Is the Pope Catholic? You better believe it. You may be a Raging Catholic. Pope Benedict is God’s Rottweiler. This is the same Pope that chewed Nancy Pelosi a new one saying she can’t be a Catholic and pro-abortion. He has threatened excommunication of deviant “Catholic” politicians.
As long as Pope Benedicts is around, I don’t think you have to worry about women or gay priests, or probably even married ones in our lifetime. I wasn’t entirely in favor of Vatican II either. Women took their hats off. Finding a Mass in latin became unusual. Nothing else really changed.
That being said, there is a problem. A lack of priests. That’s especially in America. Women have always participated as the partners of men in Catholic life. Certainly they should not be priests according to dogma. You can bet that there were a couple gals helping out at the Last Supper.
I look at things like this as Catholic or not Catholic. Gay is not Catholic. Women priests is not Catholic. Married priests is not Catholic. Gay priests is whoah …. not Catholic.. Lay women communion helpers….. Good Catholic women help us all the time. Usually they aren’t super quiet either 🙂
I think I understand your misgivings and you’d probably not think so much about it, but you’ve found people that think Catholicism is a democracy. It still isn’t. There is no argument, no vote and no appeal as to what is Catholic and not Catholic. I think women serving their communities as nuns and lay people is Catholic. The rest of what you mentioned isn’t.
I understand why you perhaps see this as sliding on a slippery slope as “Catholics” profess ideas which are not Catholic. So far, those not Catholic ideas haven’t gotten much traction. That’s what being a Protestant is for.
So far, what is Catholic and not Catholic hasn’t changed for my 47 years.
“…Lay women communion helpers….. Good Catholic women help us all the time. Usually they aren’t super quiet either…”.
“Good Catholic women help us all the time.” This is as it should be.
However, lay women communion helpers are problematic as are lay men communion helpers. Don’t lay women in the Sanctuary blur the hierarchy, and don’t both lay men and women in the Sanctuary as communion helpers blur the Consecrated hands of a priest?
Not even the Blessed Mother could consecrate, so how can we, who are not full of grace, men or women, treat the Consecrated Host so profanely???