Friday, May 3, 2013

The Priest's Soul

In the news this week, a woman in Kentucky has claimed to become a Catholic priest.  This is, of course, an utterly ridiculous claim.  Dressing up like a priest and putting on a show does not make you a priest.

The truth of the matter is that the Catholic Church cannot make a woman a priest, even though some of its members would like to.  Whenever the sacrament of holy orders is performed on a woman, it does not take effect.  That is to say, her soul remains completely the same and does not change one bit.  When the sacrament of holy orders is performed on a man, it takes effect, and his soul changes to conform with that of Jesus Christ the priest.  The priest's new soul is what allows him to delegate the sacraments in the person of Christ.

Jesus Christ, who knew that only a male soul (like his) could be united to his in priesthood, decreed that only men could become priests.  In the same way, Jesus Christ knew that only a female soul could be united to his in a spiritual marriage, and he decreed that only women could become brides of Christ.

That is the reason why women cannot become priests.  It is contrary to the nature of the female soul.  Needless to say, people who don't believe in the soul or the ontological change of the priesthood find this explanation uncompelling.  They tend to argue that the ban against female priests is a human invention, with no basis in the reality of the soul.  They say that Jesus did not allow for female priests, because he was conforming to the culture of the time.  Two problems with that argument:

1. There were female priests in the culture of the time.
2. Jesus never cared about conforming to the culture of the time.  In fact, he preached quite eloquently against being led by the world.

18 comments:

Suzanne Klare said...

Michael, don't get me wrong, but who knows if thats true? There's no proof this couldn't occur, but I agree that wearing priests clothes and putting up a show doesn't make you priest. It takes much more than that.
By the way, you can't PROVE that the sacrament on holy orders doesn't take effect on women. People can claim that, but I'd like to see you prove this matter. I'm sorry to bring this to you this way, but I think you should present proof before you make a claim. I'll be impressed if you can show this to anybody. That's all I gotta say.

Alex Bragdon said...

The problem with your argument is that it fails to take into account the very core of religion, faith. There is no hard proof of any of it and there never can be, else the religion becomes fact and the model breaks down. Religion is all about what you believe I be true, and if you believe in the bible to hold no errors as the inspired word of God then anything it says must therefore be true. If you do not believe the bible to be without fault then you hold a belief which lacks one of the fundamental tenants of Catholicism and therefore cannot be described as such. This is one of the problems I have with large organized religions, they often lack the personal relationships and are more fragile because of it.

Anonymous said...

Very sexist. What evidence do you have that there is any difference between the male souls and female soul? Jesus never said squat about male and female souls being different. The Bible was not written by Jesus either. A lot of what we consider cannon could very well have been someone just pushing an agenda. I suggest you read some of the Gospels that were not included in the cannon, such as the Gospel of Thomas (contains absolutely nothing unique, makes sense why it was cut) and the Gospel of Mary Magdeline. Your point about brides of Christ sounds like an argument for allowing priests to get married.

Anonymous said...

Ok, for the record, this is like trying to argue that Jesus made the decree that priests couldn't be married. He didn't. In fact, that decree wasn't made until HUNDREDS of years after Jesus died, like most arguments that the Catholic church holds sacred.

The fact is, there were Christian priests that were women in the founding of the church. Many of them wrote books that were once included in the Bible, but later removed when it was determined that women could no longer be priests. Mary Magdeline is a prime example of this. You can make all the baseless, sexist, nonsensical arguments you like. All it's going to do is reaffirm the idea that the Catholic church is outdated and unkind.

Miriam said...

I agree with you, Michael, and it's nice to hear of others who can understand that while the world may change its views, Gospel truths don't change.
In my religion (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints / Mormon), only men can hold the priesthood, and I have no problem with this. I know it's the way God intended it to be, and I know that it's not the divine nature of a woman to have priesthood duties. People give us a lot of trouble for not letting women be bishops or priesthood holders, but we aren't going to go against God's will just so other people will like us more.

Don't let others shake your faith, Michael. I admire your passion for your religion, and even though we have a few different views, I'm glad you have a strong testimony of what you believe. :)

Anonymous said...

When did Jesus say anything about women not being allowed to be priests or that gay marriage is bad? Women are NO DIFFERENT from men and the world refuses to recognize that. Maybe the men are just greedy for power. If they really do believe women can't become priests I think that they have been told this by greedy people. Michael = No longer my role model

Anonymous said...

Good gravy, some of these comments are rude..

Come on, Clue Crew! We have to remember that this is Michael's personal blog and that religion is a pretty sensitive subject. Nobody is forcing you to read the posts he writes about Catholic beliefs, so if you strongly disagree with them, just keep scrolling! In the words of Thumper's dad, "If ya can't say somethin' nice, don't say nothin' at all."

Emily said...

Statements like this and the ignorant people who make them are the reason why I left the Catholic church.

Anonymous said...

I won't argue with what you believe, Michael - because I'm sure that from where you're standing, that's totally what you believe. And I will totally respect that.
I believe really differently than Catholics - really differently than most followers of Jesus, actually - but it's always interesting to hear other perspectives and viewpoints. As long as we believe in Jesus, we're brothers and sisters in Him. So that's all I'm gonna say. :]

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Michael!!!! I think I only admire you more and more.:) And rejoice even if people of the world say you are wrong. Please don't ever conform to what these people say, because I think they would be the same people, who would be making fun of Jesus back in Jesus times. We are some minority compared to the worldly people. Some people just want things their way and they even want to choose a church that will meet their demands. But that is not doing God's will and these people who say worldly things are just putting the world first and putting God in the back seat. We can't do that. WHAT GOD SAYS GOES!! That has to be our motto!!!:) God Bless.:)

Anonymous said...

Men and women are different from each other. I mean that is basic reality!!! But men and women have an equal amout of dignity. But that does Not mean that women can be priests, because that is Not the role God designed them for. It is as unrealistic as saying that women can be husbands and men can be wives. There is right and wrong and spade is a spade.:) I, as a woman, am Not oppressed or worthless in God's eyes. I can be a nun if that is my calling or a wife and mother if I choose to be. God Bless you guys.:)

Anonymous said...

Everyone watch EWTN and get a clearer picture of the church. And for goodness's sake, see Mother Angelica.:) She is proof right there that women as nuns can contribute a lot of wisdom to this crazy world and they don't need to be priests to do it!!!:):):) God Bless.:)

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry Michael, but some of your views about religion really deter me from wanting to read your blog on a consistent basis or at all. It makes me very happy that I was not raised religious so as to not be subjected to usually pretentious, sexist, and limited point of views, such as those you frequently exhibit when talking about religion. While I can appreciate the value of religion for many, I myself am baffled at how narrow these understandings of attempting to explain and order our world are for those who are devout. In essence, I'm saying that religion is a constructed social order and that there is much more in the universe that we do not yet know or can begin to understand. Why should we limit ourselves in declaring who can be a priest and who can't? While tradition can provide insight into these matters, we must keep in mind that it has also limited many of our perspectives in the past, which, thankfully society has begin to slowly change. I'm not against religion, unless it fosters hate and violence and righteously justifies difference as the cause. Any religion that seeks to maintain tradition to the point of hindering people's free will and their personal choices is simply a matter of maintaining agency over those individuals. It's one thing to be spiritual and another to control and/or prevent individuals in finding their path, be it traditionally meant for a woman or man.

Emily Hunter said...

Thank you Michael, my feelings exactly!

Anonymous said...

Michael, I'm sorry, but I'm very disappointed in you. I think its a sexist argument, with no base of evidence what so ever. I thought you were more than thinking of women this way. Guess I was wrong.

Brittany said...

Some of these people calling Michael closed-minded seem to be the closed-minded ones themselves. If you don't agree with what he says, get over it. Don't call him names or threaten to stop following his blog. People have the right to believe what they want. It clearly doesn't affect the quality of his walkthroughs. You people are acting like children!

Anonymous said...

Michael, I just want to go and give you a big hug right now and also an appaluse and demand an encore!!!:):):):):) I am cheering you on, because you are speaking up for the Catholic Church and God against the world. It goes like this: Go, Michael, go and speak on, brother!!! I bet God is beaming and pleased right now at all the truth that you are saying. God Bless you!!!:)

Anonymous said...

Im baptist, so I don't completly understand all the rules for catholics, but the notion of the soul conforming is definetly hard to complimate because how does that happen? and we cant really 'be' Jesus, but we can try to follow Jesus in his ways, and I don't think that the soul can transform in such a way; however, if anyone can perform miracles as long as we do it in Jesus's name.