Recently, a woman from Kentucky was “ordained” a priest. Rosemarie Smead, 70 was ordained by a dissident faction that functions outside of the Catholic Church. This faction claims to be Catholic but it is not.
Smead is a former Carmelite nun who obviously joined the order for the wrong reasons and one of those reasons is showing now in her persistence in pushing for change in the Catholic Church.
The ceremony is obviously for publicity and has no validity at all. The Catholic Church cannot ordain women. This is just not possible anymore than a man giving birth. This does not mean that women are some how inferior to men, they are not. It just means that men and women have distinct roles in the Church which are ordained by God in His infinite wisdom.
Priests represent Christ who is the groom. The Church is His bride. It would be illogical to have a female serve the role of a groom with the Church as a bride. This would be a lesbian relationship!
In any event, these women pushing for changes in Holy Orders are just doing it out of vanity and ambition. They are reducing the Sacraments to a mere opportunity to promote radical feminism. The Sacraments are meant to transform us into the image of God, not us transform them into our image.
The women “ordained” were not ordained. They do not have the power to confer Sacraments or to bless. The matter for Holy Orders is the male body. Without this, Holy Orders cannot take place.
I get asked a lot, why join the priesthood? Many have known me as an atheist. This 360 does not make sense to them. How can an atheist with a love for the sciences consider God or even the priesthood for that matter? This is a question that really does not have an easy answer.
Considering the priesthood is not an easy choice. This is why discernment is necessary. A male thinking of becoming a priest must not do so only because he “feels” called. There is much more involved in a vocation than a mere sensation. The decision must be one made with good faith, reason, good conscience and full consent.
A guy can find himself going through all kinds of sensations and even doubts when considering the priesthood. We are guys and we are wired to do many things, for example, find a female to start a family with. This is a drive that is not easy to live with while living a celibate life. The attraction to the opposite sex is also another sensation that cannot be turned off. In today’s age where women’s fashion has forgotten the definition of modesty, it can be very hard to steer arousal into grace’s path. A guy must be careful that he does not come across as flirtatious as well. This is very difficult to do since the simplest of gestures such as a smile can be interpreted many ways. Similarly, younger priests who are in shape must be careful not to make himself a billboard of masculinity and sexuality. He should be aware that a youthful body that is in shape can cause arousal in women and in men who are homosexual. Modesty is a must. We cannot become an occasion of sin to others. This is why a prayer life is important. Nothing cannot be done without prayer. God is the designer of the male body. Only He can show us how to control this “machine.”
Any seminarian or priest who thinks he can serve in an area and not be affected by the presence of women is only deluding himself. Moreover, if the seminarian or priest is homosexual (who should not join the priesthood in the first place), it will be even more difficult since homosexuals seem to have a big problem with self-control in regards to interacting with an attractive male. Imagine a seminarian or priest who has homosexual tendencies living with other men. This is a recipe for disaster and why Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said “Homosexuality is incompatible with the priestly vocation.”
Then there is the drive to be “someone” in life. This drive may even bring about other sensations such as jealousy or envy against those who have a family or a good paying job. Things like this happen. I have met older priests who regret being ordained. They have felt that they did not “succeed” in life while others they knew did in accordance to the world’s definition of success. This is unfortunate indeed because the priesthood is not a career nor an opportunity to become a “made-man,” so to speak. Those called to the priesthood should not join it thinking it to be some profession. Clericalism is something in the Church that has tarnished the image of the priest. In many cases, the priest has become a 9-5 job. I have seen priests ignore visits from parishioners in order to watch a game, go out to the movies or do absolutely nothing. All of this was done in the name of “I’m off duty.” Priests are never off duty! The priesthood is a way of life. Even while on vacation, a priest should be ready to administer any rites if the need arises such as with the case of the terrorist attack in Boston.
Being a priest is not easy. Similarly, being a seminarian is not something that goes smoothly. Doubts will arise, frustrations, regrets, sometimes one may remember times in the world that brought happiness such as times with family or friends, or even nostalgia of a relationship with a girlfriend. All these things and more happen and are part of the human experience when it confronts a supernatural one.
If you are a guy reading this and may be considering the priesthood; or perhaps you may be a seminarian or even ordained; my advice is to not give up. Take your struggles and offer them on the cross with Christ. God will not give you any thing you cannot handle, so trust in Him. He will give to the grace to handle each hardship. Yes, you will suffer, yes you will feel deep emotions, disappointments and so on, but in the end it is all worth it. The mere fact that Christ is entrusting you His priesthood says much.
Since my Atheism Dilemma series of posts have been so popular, I have decided to continue writing more posts. These posts exist to show the incoherence of atheism as a belief system. In this post, I will focus on the Atheism Dilemma of Appeal to Assertion.
An Appeal to Assertion is a fallacy that entails a premise to be true just because it was stated and repeated. Atheists are guilty of this fallacy. They assert many things regarding God, Faith and Religion. Here are a few and my response to them.
Assertion: God is Imaginary
Many atheists claim that God is imaginary or exists solely in the imagination of the human person. At first, the assertion seems coherent; God is invisible, no one can hear Him, see Him etc. Kids have imaginary friends and these friends seem to have this characteristic of invisibility. However, there is a problem with this assertion: proof.
In order for this assertion that God is imaginary to be taken seriously, the one making the claim must provide evidence of this. For God to be imaginary, God must be shown to exist in the synapses within the Thalamus and Neocortex. To date, no such evidence of this exists. Moreover, imaginative beings cannot affect the material world. God as an imaginative being cannot heal, answer prayers or manifest Himself in the external world outside of the human brain as an agent that can manipulate matter.
Assertion: God is a myth
Atheists assert that God is part of mythology. While gods such as Zeus, Thor and the like are considered mythology, atheists include the God worshiped by monotheistic religions are part of mythology. Jehovah, Yahweh, Allah, Jesus are all considered mythological beings. The problem with this assertion is that there is no proof.
In order for something to be considered mythology, it must have a human origin. Mythology is a collection of stories or apothegm that originate from an author or authors. We know that mythological gods have an origin in specific authors and can classify them as such. In order for God to be classified a myth, an author or authors must be present. In other words, for God to be a myth, He must have His origin in human authorship. No atheists have provided evidence that God was authored by a particular human author.
Assertion: Which God? There are many Gods to choose from, they all cannot be right.
When theists mention God for a particular reason, atheists often respond: which God? They do this in an attempt to equate God with other folk versions of gods. This is done to present God as a deity competing with other deities. The problem with this assertion is that there is a clear lack of comprehension between folk religion and revealed religion.
While there are over 3,000 different designations and descriptions of gods in human society, this does not mean that God is automatically disqualified. Man has always had belief in a supreme being or creator. This is a common trait found in every culture throughout the globe. We are even wired to have belief in God via the VMAT2 gene. Throughout human history, man has attempted to define and classify this ultimate reality of a supreme being. Man has used language with its limits in order to describe God. Some defined God via their understanding of nature or natural phenomenon. Others defined God via what is experienced in human life such as emotions, sex, pleasure, and so on. These gods are all manifestations of the limited ability of man to describe the ultimate reality of God. There is only one God and man in his limited capacity has tried to define him based on the limits of human experience and language. The 3,000 + gods we know are how man has attempted to describe the one reality called God.