Cardinal O’Malley: If I started a church, I’d love to have women priests /

Catholics who thought Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley’s remarks about Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn’s suitability for office were provocative have another interesting comment to ponder: If he were to start a church, he would ‘love to have women priests.’

“In an interview with ‘60 Minutes’ on CBS that producers said took more than a year for them to persuade him to do, O’Malley seemed troubled by reporter Norah O’Donnell’s question as to whether the exclusion of women from the Church hierarchy was ‘immoral.’

“O’Malley paused, then said, ‘Christ would never ask us to do something immoral. It’s a matter of vocation and what God has given to us.'”

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  1. #1 by Most Rev. George R. Lucey on November 22, 2014 - 7:13 AM

    I was reflecting on some of the tag lines I see in the press about the “Francis” effect in the Catholic Church, and remembered some of the excitement I and my fellow minor seminarians felt during the reforms following Vatican Council-II. The Church, then and now, seemed to awaken from a lethargy. The promptings of the Holy Spirit seemed to energize every facet of our lives. Our hearts, as the Apostles at Pentecost, were on fire.The reforms of Vatican Council-ii spread to other non-Catholic liturgical Traditions, making all of us feel that the pray for unity of Christ, that we all might be one, might soon be a reality.
    So now, with Pope Francis leading the Church 50 some years after Vatican Council-II is reminiscent of the jubilee year proclaimed in Leviticus 25:8-13. A year of favor for the People of God.

    My own journey of faith has led me from the embrace of Roman Catholicism to the celebrating my Catholic Traditions in the National Catholic Church, as represented in the United States by the American National Catholic Church ( expression of Catholicism, while not in union with Rome, feels as if we as American National Catholic’s were guided by the same Spirit present at the creation of the world, at Pentecost, and at Vatican Council-II to continue to live the reforms instituted at the Council.

    We, as National Catholics have been criticized by or Roman brothers and sisters for leaving the embrace of Rome. Perhaps we have set ourselves up as targets for such criticism. Yet, I can help but to believe that Pope Francis has, like many of us, accepted the gift of courage offered by the Holy Spirit to live out the universal message of God’s all inclusive love, proclaimed by Christ who ate with tax collectors and prostitutes, and challenged the leaders of his time to reach beyond the letter of the Law.

    Pope Francis echoes Christ when he reminds us that God is not afraid of new things. We in the ANCC have found the truth of that statement , and we in the American National Catholic Church have accepted the invitation to express our ancient faith ever renewed by the grace of the Holy Spirit.

    Some of the dimensions of the discussion begun by Pope Francis for the Roman Catholic Church at the recent synod on the family, such as same sex marriage, reception of the Eucharist by divorced Catholics, and a greater role of women in the Church, and which are now being labeled as “hot button” issues” are where the ANCC finds the grace of God in living out the reality of a Catholic jurisdiction which does not find these as barriers to full participation in the life of the Church.


  2. #2 by Ed Wilson on November 17, 2014 - 10:57 AM

    I saw that interview and did not find O¹Malley¹s remark particularly helpful. He basically said that if it were up to him, he¹d ordain women but Christ has mandated otherwise. It¹s the old idea that Jesus didn¹t ordain any women at the Last Supper so this amounted to a permanent, absolute prohibition on the ordination of women whatever societal changes might occur. One answer to that is to say Christ didn¹t ordain any non-Jews either so what was an Irish American from Boston doing in that role. More seriously, many theologians and church historians today would say that, while Christ did establish the Eucharist at that occasion, the priesthood, as we know it, developed over the centuries after the time of the apostles and should be seen in the context of those times when women mostly did not have leadership roles. There are a number of feminists scouring archeological and other historical sources, seeking to find evidence that women did sometimes preside over Eucharistic meals in the early church, so stay tuned.



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