I read at Church Militant that the renegade, liberal Ass. of U.S. Catholic Priests is now pushing for the ordination of women, first to the diaconate. This is not going to happen, but the confusion sown by such support warrants correction.
From Church Militant…
AUSCP uses diaconate as stepping stone
The Lepanto Institute has been ringing the alarm bell about the Association of United States Catholic Priests (AUSCP) and its unrelenting push to undermine Catholic teaching for several years now. In the past, we’ve reported on this group for its alliance with sexually deviant organizations and agendas, its work with an international network of heretical organizations, and its call for “priestless parishes.”
The AUSCP’s scandalous work even elicited a warning from its own bishop, Bp. Daniel Thomas, who said that any association with the AUSCP “may be a source of grave concern due to the confusion and scandal they have caused.”
Now the AUSCP is taking action to push for the ordination of women to the permanent diaconate with an eye toward ordination to sacramental priesthood.
In an April newsletter, the AUSCP urged its priest members to visit a website called www.Discerningdeacons.org and participate in a “Discerning Deacons Week of Action,” saying: “Help us launch and spread the good news about the active discernment of our Church about women in diaconal ministry. Our goal is to invite 100 supporters to join us in small daily actions to get the word out.”
The Ass. is peddling a lie.
Women cannot be ordained to any of the three Holy Orders.
The Sacrament of Orders is one sacrament, not three. There are not three distinct sacraments for the three ordinations to the tri-partite hierarchy, episcopate, presbyterate, diaconate. As Ott explains, the Sacrament of Orders imprints a character on the recipient (De fide). The Sacrament of Orders is in three grades, each of which has its own character, bearing with it a permanent spiritual power. The bishop receives the power of ordination, the priest receives the power of consecration and absolution. The deacon receives the power of serving the bishop and the priest at the Eucharistic Sacrifice and of distributing Holy Communion.
The Sacrament of Orders cannot be conferred on women. Women cannot be ordained to the episcopate. They cannot be ordained to the priesthood. The Church teaches infallibly that women cannot be ordained to the priesthood. (Ordinatio sacerdotalis HERE and the CDF’s response to a dubium HERE) The impossibility of ordaining women belongs to the “substance of the sacrament” of Orders (HERE). If they cannot be ordained to any one of the orders, they cannot be ordained to any of the orders. They cannot be ordained to the priesthood, hence they cannot be ordained to the diaconate. This is not merely a matter of discipline, it is a matter of irrevocable doctrine.
BTW… Sunday 22 May was the 27th anniversary of Ordinatio sacerdotalis.