Catholic Answers' director of apologetics Tim Staples considers the question of women priests in the Catholic Church and reveals seven reasons why this is not possible.
The seven reasons are:
1. The Church has definitively declared it
2. The Church's constant Tradition for 2,000 years cannot err
3. The attitude of Christ
4. The practice of the Apostles
5. The permanent value of the attitude of Jesus Christ and the Apostles
6. The ministerial priesthood in the light of the mystery of Christ
Is the Catholic Church the only way to eternal life?
Tim Staples, Director of Apologetics and Evangelisation at Catholic Answers, considers this most crucial question in his latest blog piece at catholic.com.
In a thoroughly detailed and considered view on the matter, Tim comes to the following important conclusions:
1.No one who knowingly and deliberately rejects the truth will be saved. It doesn’t matter how good of a Muslim, Jew, Baptist, or anything else he may be. If anyone rejects the truth of Christ and his Church—even one definitive teaching—they will be lost.
Pope Francis is flanked by President Peres (left) and President Abbas (right)
From today’s Gospel (Mark 10:17-30):
‘Jesus gazed at them. ‘For men’ he said ‘it is impossible, but not for God: because everything is possible for God.’’
This short Gospel passage brings to mind the great scenes from the Vatican yesterday as Pope Francis, and the universal Church, played host to President Shimon Peres of Israel and President Mahmoud Abbas of Palestine. The three men gathered with the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to pray for peace in the Holy land, a land long crippled by war and division.
‘As Christians, we cannot consider Judaism as a foreign religion; nor do we include the Jews among those called to turn from idols and to serve the true God (cf.1 Thes1:9). With them, we believe in the one God who acts in history, and with them we accept his revealed word.
Dialogue and friendship with the children of Israel are part of the life of Jesus’ disciples. The friendship which has grown between us makes us bitterly and sincerely regret the terrible persecutions which they have endured, and continue to endure, especially those that have involved Christians.