Question already answered bindingly

Question already answered bindingly

Cologne Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki rejects discussions about ordination of women to the priesthood. This is not in the power of disposal of the Catholic Church. In addition, Pope John Paul II. the question already bindingly decided.

The Archbishop of Cologne said this on Sunday evening at a service in Cologne. Pope John Paul II. had already decided this question "with all binding force for the entire Church in 1994.". Pope Francis had repeatedly reiterated that decision, stressing that the church had "no authority whatsoever" to ordain women to the priesthood.

For some, the church has become "a purely sociological entity that has to adapt – in a gender-appropriate way – to the political and social mainstream," Woelki criticized, according to the speech manuscript.

He objected to using "allegedly recent scientific findings," especially in the social and human sciences, to put the faith and teachings of the church up for grabs and, like politicians in a parliament, to "bring about a so-called reform of the church with democratically passed majority decisions". Behind it "in the last often nothing else is hidden than an adaptation to the thinking of the world".

In recent months, Catholic women's associations and the Maria 2 movement, among others, have called for a dialogue on the renewal of the church.0 demonstrated in favor of a "gender-just church" and women's access to ordained ministry. In addition, the German Catholic bishops, under the impression of the abuse scandal, had decided with a large majority in the spring on a dialogue for the renewal of the church.

The "synodal journey" will also deal with the role of women in the church starting in December. Other central themes are power in the church as well as sexual morality and the priestly way of life.

The church should not be a "closed store that fearfully isolates itself from the world". But the church must also "not go along with everything the world would like it to do," Woelki continued, citing Mary, the mother of God, as a role model. As a creature, she had made no claim before God. Rather, she gave herself into God's hands "so that he might do with her and make of her what pleases him.".

The chairman of the Bishops' Conference, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, had also stressed in the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung" that he saw little room for maneuver in ordaining women. John Paul II. has determined that the Church has no authority to do so: "I cannot see how we can theologically set this aside today."But the discussion is not over.

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