August 31st, 2010
05:55 PM ET

Time for Catholic Church to ordain women as priests?



FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

"Pope Benedict - Ordain women now."

That's the message that will be plastered on London buses when the pontiff heads to England's capital in a couple of weeks.

A group called Catholic Women's Ordination is spending more than $15,000 for 15 buses to carry posters with this message for a month.

The group says they don't want to be disruptive, but "the church has got to change or it will not survive." And they say they're hopeful since the church is in "disarray" right now.

But one top British Catholic is pushing back - Father Stephen Wang says women are not barred from the priesthood because of sexism, rather because they can't fulfill a basic function which is "standing in the place of Jesus."

Wang says that Jesus chose 12 men, and no women, to be his apostles. He adds that men and women are equal in Christianity, but that gender still matters. Wang compares the role of a priest to an actor, saying no one would be surprised if he wanted a male actor to play King Arthur. He then admits this analogy is "weak."

No kidding.

In addition to the bus campaign - the women's group plans to hold a vigil the day before the pope's visit; and they plan to demonstrate outside the official London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

In 1994, then Pope John Paul II declared the Church has no authority to ordain women; and Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who is now pope, agreed with him.

Here’s my question to you: Is it time for the Catholic Church to ordain women as priests?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 6pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.

Filed under: Catholic Church • Pope Benedict
soundoff (115 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    YEAP. THERE IS NO PLACE for bias against females in any denomination. Females make up most of the people sitting in the pew anyway. It doesn't make any sense that they can't be in the higher church echelon. After all St. Peter made the decision to exclude women doing a time when women were burdened with household duties and was not allowed to go to school.


    August 31, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  2. MimiG

    Yes it is time. If world can have women CEO's, diplomats and presidents then a woman can be a spiritual leader. Maybe God sent his son at the best time in history for the message to be spread and to allow the millions of people who have lived since Jesus' time to enter heaven. So if societies have evolved through the ages since Christ, can't the Catholic church? Or, do the men who run it want to simply retain the control?

    August 31, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  3. Ruby Zimmerman

    Having women priests in the Catholic church may be one effective way of cutting down on the priestly abuse of altar boys.

    Champaign, IL

    August 31, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  4. Zack

    The Catholic Church has already ordained women, if it still claims the early Christians as its inaugural members. There is ample evidence of female priests amongst the early Christians and some evidence that a Dark Age Pope (Joan) may have been female. Many of these controversial policies that the Church claims to have had and defended "since the time of the Apostles" really came into effect in the early Middle Ages.

    Woodbridge, VA

    August 31, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  5. NJ Steve


    Is the Pope Catholic?
    Does a bear (you-know-what) in the woods?
    Of course, there should be Female Priests. There are women ministers and women rabbis, maybe the Catholic Church needs to enter the 20th Century for starters before entering the 21st Century! 🙂

    August 31, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  6. Viv from NY

    Long over due. Catholic church is in the dark ages – also time for a woman President . But NOT Sarah Palin .

    August 31, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  7. Annie, Atlanta

    Not only is it time to ordain women priests, but the men who run that church should turn over complete operation to the nuns. It’s obviously a haven for male pedophiles, and it’s way past time to flush them and their enablers out for good.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  8. James A. Smith

    No, it's not time, it's past time.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  9. Cyle in Dublin, CA

    Can't we just end religion? Why are we so wrapped up in the mysoginistic rantings of a largely preliterate culture? Let it go people.

    You wouldn't take medical advice from a 16th century apothecary who'd tell you that cyanide is good for your complection. So why take spiritual advice based on books chosen by a group of merchants and politicians almost 2 millenia ago.

    There are no gods... we're on our own.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  10. ManForEqualRights

    God created humans, women are a gender of the human species.

    There really isn't much more to the argument than that.

    Of course you will probably need to allow priests to marry, which if you think about, is why God created man and women. For them to help each other while in this life. Any argument against is blasphemy.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:04 pm |
  11. Henri D. Kahn

    If you read the bible you will know that women ministered to Jesus Christ at the end of his crucification.
    Woman's nature is to care for and attend to people.
    I am pretty sure that more women than men attend sunday Mass on a regular basis and, as a group, are more active in Catholic activities.
    Women should definitely be ordained as Catholic Priests.
    Henri D. Kahn
    Laredo, Texas

    August 31, 2010 at 6:04 pm |
  12. Bob C

    Do you seriously think that the Vatican would ever consider breaking up the good old boys network? Next you'll be asking us should they allow them to marry. How 21st century of you, Jack.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:04 pm |
  13. colleen kelly mellor

    I believe that the Pope John Paul (the people's Pope) stated that pedophiles would be accepted back into the grace of the church (if they repented), yet women who had abortions would not be. The blatant sexism in the church astounds. Perhaps in Jesus's day, there would have been reason for Jesus not to have named them apostles and disciples (lack of ability to move about would have precluded their success at proselytizing–not to mention, they'd have been more at risk). There are none concerns in place today...just male smugness and superiority cloaked as historical precedent.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  14. Ed Lindquist

    Writing from Wasilla, AK which now has a "reputation" thanks to a few people:

    If a Church is established with the idea that its purpose is to do God's will and that God's will is received through the leaders of the Church, then no one else should make a determination about what the Church should do. If the Church simply follows the will of the people, it is no longer the Church of God, but the church of the people in which case it is no Church at all.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  15. JD in Moraga, CA

    Last time I checked, the Roman Catholic Church was not set up as a democracy, and the Pope is considered to be the Vicar of Christ on Earth so it's pretty hard to argue with the Vatican's stated position.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  16. J.

    Jack it is time for all religions to recognize women for their priesthood's.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  17. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    The catholic church is so backward I am not even sure what purpose they serve any more. Between blatant discrimination against women and intentionally covering up rampant sexual abuse by its priests, I see no reason to recognize them. They have lost all credibility with me and are on the verge of falling into the cult category.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  18. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Well Jack it really does not mater much to me who is giving the sermon. The bible has not changed in hundreds of years and neither have the lessons in it. It makes no difference to me who reads from the bible just how long they do it. I would prefer a speed reader myself because the pews are not built for comfort and with all the Kneeling, standing and praying it makes it hard to get a good nap in 45 minutes anyway.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  19. TN

    Not sure about ordaining women, but obviously the Catholic Church is badly in need of a major overhaul.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  20. Jon Gundersgaard

    Now is not the time to ordain women. 1000 years ago was the time to ordain women.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  21. D.B.

    No Jack-its time for people to realize that the catholic Church (and many other religions based on male supremacy) is nothing more than a cult built around the personality and historic figure of Jesus Christ. In addition to the writings of "The Holy Bible" by men, ignoring women and their contributions, and creating the institution of marriage so that the "church" would have property rights of women.

    Women priests?? We just now trying to get over the misogynistic, narcissistic self entitled perverted males!

    August 31, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  22. Leslie B., Indianapolis

    It's well past time, but I don't think the Catholic church is ever going to quit clinging to its men-as-inherently-superior policies. It has been a while since I've been inside a Catholic church, and every day it's more difficult to think of going back. That makes me incredibly sad, as it has been a powerful conduit of faith for me over the years.

    However, the church seems to be abandoning it's Vatican II theology of "the people are the Church" and rallying its ranks around the patriarchal, narcissistic ideologies of past decades and centuries.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  23. Nadyne Karas

    Elba, NY

    Women are called to service the Lord in many ways. The priesthood should be an alternative for that calling. The Catholic Church is losing focus on the ministry of Jesus. Although the appostles were al men, there were women who spread the work of Christ. For the survival of the Church, it is time to allow women into the priesthood. Churches are closing or merging all over the country. Communities are losing the Catholic message as these churches disappear.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  24. Nicky

    Here's my answer to you; No.

    The Church cannot and will not ordain women as priests. Women have their place, men have theirs.

    These women should submit to the Church instead of attempting to make the Church submit to them.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  25. Gary

    Time for NO priests.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  26. b bonar

    Its none of your business – why do you feel qualified to even comment ?
    Its an inside the faith decision – its not up for a vote. You might as well vote whether Muslims men should wear burkas like Muslim women.
    ( a drivers license – no head gear – that's for a public privilege )- otherwise it none of your business.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  27. David

    I really don't believe they have any legitimate reason for restricting it to only males. On the other hand, I don't see how this is anyone's business who isn't Catholic...

    August 31, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  28. Jim

    No Jack, it's not time, nor will it ever be. The priest is right: Women do have a role in the church, and it's a very important role, but the position of priest or Pastor is reserved for a man. This is not a decision that a bunch of men got together and made; it's a decision that God made. Now, if these women want to usurp God's word, then they're not really members of the Church to begin with. Jesus said, "If you love Me, keep My word." Well ladies, do you love Him?

    Newark, NJ

    August 31, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  29. Tony

    Frankly I am surprised that they don't have women priests already. The Catholic church is now and has always been all about power, profit and control. It would seem to make sense for them to have a priest strutting around in a thong if that drew more attention and earned them more money.

    After all, this is the same organization that used to burn people at the stake and kept prisoners locked up until they confessed under torture. (Only to then execute them to "purify" them of their sins)

    And just to set the record straight. I'm not an atheist and I do believe in god. I just think that organized religion is one of the main problems in the world today. Whatever is between you and god should stay between you and god. Leave your neighbors out of it.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  30. Patty Gibson-White

    It is horrific that the RCC does not allow ordaination of women. In fact, the Catholic Church is essentially saying (not even essentially) that if you lack a penis, you are unworthy of conducting a Mass and that you are just like an animal, really.

    Why do Cathollic women put up with this? I should know: I am a lifelong Catholic who has given up on the Church because of this (and a couple of other) issue(s).

    Pope Benedict will never agree to this. There is no one more old-fashioned or sexists. I fear those Catholic women have largely wasted their money...but maybe they can start their own church?

    August 31, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  31. Chris from KC

    It's time for the Catholic Church to just go away.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  32. Joanne Pappalardo, PA

    It's Past time! There is a great need for priests, esp. in the US. We don't know for sure Jesus only choose 12 men, since it was men who decided what texts went into the New Testament. I think is is tradition, not solid doctrine that have kept women from becoming priests. Also, how about letting priests marry? We are losing time and talent for the Church on both these fronts>

    August 31, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  33. Don Desaulniers (Belleville, Ontario)

    Women would have to be insane to sign on to be a priest.
    Think about it. The Catholic Church pays the poor priests slave wages, keeps them living in a bizarre but isolated celibate existence, and silences them by threat of being de-frocked or losing their meagre pension.
    Priests are being dreadfully mistreated by the Catholic Church but can't say anything about it. Today's women would not stand for that.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  34. Mark from MI

    Whether women are ordained or not is a choice for the church (which is defined as its members) to decide. It is not a poll question.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  35. Matt

    The job of priest should be based on merit and not on gender, just as any other job. I think that it is more important that priests be allowed to marry and have families. Both are based on old traditions that no longer apply today.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  36. Demetrius

    Yes, Yes, Yes.
    It is the teachings not the sex or sexuality of the person representing Christ that are important and relevant. If you were the ask an official in the church what was the worst thing that has happened against the Catholic Church? The honest answer would be literacy, not the current sex abuse scandal.
    Ask Father Wang this question, when the Catholic church start to accept men who were not Anglo or of European decent into the priesthood as it started to expand worldwide?
    The policy of men only, just like celibacy are for reasons that has nothing to do with the teachings of Christ.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  37. Tony in Columbus

    Of course they should not. It is not up to us or the people of London to decide what the Catholic Church does. How do we feel when they tell us to make abortion illegal. When it is time for them to make that change, they need to do it themselves.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  38. Roanna Martin

    As a woman, I am just too emotional to speak on this topic right now.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  39. Gary

    Jack, the bible specifically states that women cannot fulfill this role. The Catholic church is only following its instruction manual. I personally think this organization would have been better off spending this money on a shelter for women that have been victims of domestic violence, than to try to turn the Catholic church into something that it was never historically meant to be.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  40. Roxie

    It is high time. Many priests are very old and there are few new seminarians to replace them. God does not look at gender. We are all equal.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  41. Kathleen

    A better question would be why aren't Catholic priests allowed to marry – it would cut out the attacks on children.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  42. Joe Backes

    Yes it is way beyond time for the Catholic Church to ordain women. We have bread and wine that become the body and blood of Christ, yet women can not "stand" in the place of Jesus.

    I am a life long Roman Catholic who encourages the Catholic Church to ordain women and allow married priests for that matter. There is male chauvinism to the extreme in the leadership of our Roman Catholic church.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  43. JohninTampa

    What they need is to go out of business. Priests, bah! How can anyone who truly believes in a god be willing to let another human being wedge in between them and their god?

    August 31, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  44. calaurore9

    It is too late to resurrect this anachronistic relic of a church even if women are ordained. I was raised Roman Catholic, loved the high Mass chanted in Latin, that's about the last time I could find any meaning in it.

    Carol Colitti Levine
    Northampton, Massachusetts

    August 31, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  45. Eric Buechel

    Why would time make a difference to God.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  46. Fabian

    Really? No authority to ordain women? I mean, the Pope IS THE AUTHORITY! He is technically the voice of God, how can he NOT have authority? Is he waiting for a messenger pigeon from God to come down and give him permission? Maybe there would not be such a shortage of priests in the Catholic Church if women were allowed to join.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  47. Leigh Camper

    Ordaining women could eventually lead to more people being accepting of the Catholic Church. I think that it would break down a lot of barriers and misconceptions associated with Catholicism and it would allow women with a deeper connection to their faith.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  48. andrea renee hall

    It is about time.... No where has it ever been written that the Roman Catholic Church can only have men to rule. No where.. There was a time when priest where married, which should go back to that as well.

    I was a Catholic who quit the church because it is ruled by fools who claim they do "God's Work".

    I think when women start to integrate into the church as leaders, then the behavior of the administration will change for the better.

    It has been a long struggle for the church to do the right thing. This would be one of them..............

    August 31, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  49. Jeannette/Toronto

    The Vatican fear is unfounded, on ordination of women as priests. Their fear of losing control, only proves that the male domination, is just an abomination of twisting the Bible for their own self greed. Sound familiar?

    August 31, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  50. Walter


    The time for women to be ordained as Priests was at the inception of the Catholic Church. Anyone who feels women shouldn't be Priests, enjoys keeping them in a religious subservient role.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  51. Jerry

    Dear Jack
    As a former Catholic I personally don't give a crap about what the Roman Catholic Church does. It is obsolete.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  52. Brad S.

    The Catholic Church is old news.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  53. JoAnne

    Yes it is time for women to be ordanied in the Catholic Church.

    Why should the cathloic church be any different than the rest of the world.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  54. Joe, Chicago IL

    Jack, it is pointless for you to even ask. You have no business other than your opinion in someone elses religion. Much like I have no business making demands for Islam.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  55. meridith

    absolutely! many were thrilled when little girls became allowed to be alter girls. there are plenty of people, like myself, that feel excluded by or diminished by the patriarichal rule of the catholic church.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  56. Alick Aman

    The Catholic Church would ordain aliens as priests before women. Well, as long as they're MALE aliens.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  57. Kevin from Co

    Only the Catholic faithful have a right to even dicuss ordaining women and since I'm not, I won't comment.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  58. Joel

    Or maybe no priests. Just as long as we're throwing ideas out there...

    August 31, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  59. Rev. Brooke Wickliffe Fisher

    Yes, it is time for the Catholic Church to come to the plate and ordain women. It is also time for priests to be able to marry and for birth control to be accepted. The Catholic Church is so archaic and very destructive. I am a United Church of Christ pastor and a family descendant of John Wyclif, the Morning Star of the Protestant Reformation in 13th century England. He was all for reform and did precisely that including translating the entire Bible to the English language. Maybe if the Catholic Church became more sensible we would not have 60% to 80% of our population unchurched.
    Rev. Brooke Wickliffe Fisher, North Port, FL

    August 31, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  60. Jim Vandelly, Rockland Michigan

    Of course, the Women should be ordained. The Church's position has no credibility. But WHY would women want to become part of the antiquated Papal bureaucracy? The glass ceiling would be one inch above their heads.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  61. Walt in Illinois

    Is it time?... is it time to join the 20th century. There is a married priest here – married before he became a priest. Women are female before they are Catholic!

    August 31, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  62. New Catholic

    I am a recent convert to Catholicism, and female. Women can't and shouldn't be ordained Priests. I am not even going to try to justify that statement because it doesn't need to be.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  63. joe christian

    Yes, of course. No one has to be consistent in what they say they believe. An atheist can pray regularly for divine intervention. A Christian can say Jesus never existed. Heck, even a triangle can say they are a triangle and it should not matter if they have 4 sides.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  64. suzycreamcheese

    Good luck with that. Those good ole boys arent about to give it up. No power, no decision making for woment. I'm sure they don't want my dirty old money either.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  65. Gwen, NJ

    Well, yes. However, they would be much better off if they would allow priests to marry. If that were to occur first, I believe that it would make it easier to admit women to their ranks.
    Thank goodness I'm Episcopalian.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  66. lawrence

    Does'n't the apostle Paul say "Let women remain silent in the church"
    If the church is interestes in being obedient to the scriptures. then they will listen to someone inspired by Jesus as we all should be. Not as an affront to women, thier value is immeasurable, but as an act of compliance to the written word. So the answer would be 'no'.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  67. Octavia

    Why do they pretend to care what Jesus thinks or says?? The Roman Catholic Church has been twisting God's Holy word for centuries. Christianity in America is so paper thin compared to the real Jewish roots Jesus followed. Most Christians still celebrate pagan holidays that are not even mentioned in the bible. I'd tell the women to get out while they can and not waste their time/money fighting! Portland Oregon.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  68. fallenaway

    Just one of the many many reasons why I no longer refer to myself as 'catholic'. There's too many arbitrary rules man has created that one must 'obey' in that religion.

    Jesus said, "Love one another as I have loved you". Live by that, and the 10 commandments. It's that simple.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  69. Rev. Brooke Wickliffe Fisher

    Jack, yes it is time for the Catholic Church to come to the plate and ordain women. It is also time for priests to be able to marry and for birth control to be accepted. I am a UCC pastor and a family descendant of John Wyclif, the Morning Star of the Protestant Reformation. Rev. Brooke from Florida

    August 31, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  70. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Dear Jack,

    it is more than about time Jack!

    It is about the Church being a Church of humanity by doing some soul searching from 2000 years of its existence and of its treatment of people!

    We are all born from love and for love and the Church is finding excuses after excuses and does not face the true Church existence : for the love of all our humanity!

    So it will not change! It is so hard to win the hearts and minds of the Church because the power entity are always right about their definition of power! We as human beings can only then live within the power of our own love for all our humanity!

    Take great care!

    August 31, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  71. Sheri Johnston

    No to women priests. I am a Catholic; my sister-in-law is a Nun & I think the Church was meant to have men only as priests. The faiths that have ordained women as pastors have lost members in large numbers.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  72. patty k...wausau, wisconsin

    Since when does the Catholic church EVER listen to women? Their chauvinistic ways will eventually be their downfall.

    If women want to change the minds of these bunch of Neanderthals, then they would get their message heard by doing one simple thing...


    August 31, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  73. Earl W.

    So women want to be priests. What's wrong with that? As long as they have to adhere to the same rules and regulations as the men then let them have what they ask for. The Christian Religion has a lot of historical traditions that have been changed in light of women being able to perform the same services in ministry because someone gave them a chance. The Vatican will admit that there might be aliens but will not let women serve where they want. They need to "grow up".

    August 31, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  74. Dawn

    It goes to the basic Catholic dogma of priest are "in persona Christi". It means they are more than just being an "actor". If people dont understand this basic dogma, they arent going to understand why women priests simply wont happen.

    Sorry, but the Man from Nazareth was a dude, not a dudette.

    The Catholic Church could do away with unmarried priests, which is not a dogma but a discipline. It can't do away with a dogma.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  75. Matt

    Women can't stand in Jesus' place? the king of peace? The lover of Mankind? Jack, History shows how much MEN can't stand in his place. Why with all the scandals and wars we have been dragged into all because of Men. Give Women a chance!

    August 31, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  76. Bee

    I know so many women who have left the church for that reason. It is an old institution that holds society back in so many ways, It never really deals with the real problems of the poor but creates band aid solutions of odd worship practices so the old boys can control.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  77. Lisa Ludwig


    Great question. The problem is the Catholic church is so busy moving their MALE priests around from church to church hiding the pedophile crimes taking place with them, how could they possibly even think about ordaining woman or anything else for that matter. They are stuck in the dark ages and the only thing they have meetings for is how to raise the money they have been losing over the last few years as people leave the church because of their disgusting abuse. The priest that baptized my son was arrested as one of the pedophiles. I'm all for women as priests.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  78. Moira Scupien

    On the ordination of women: There were many women disciples! Jesus came to us through God and a woman and Man had nothing to do with it. It was two women at the foot of the cross and when Jesus rose he appeared first to women at the tomb apparently the men were in hiding. The hierarchy of the church has opted to exclude women out of the most recent church history. Moira

    August 31, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  79. "Reydelamor"

    The catholic church and its ideaology are steeped in tradition. This tradition does not allow for women to be ordained. What is it with western society and its constant agitation to topple time honoured traditions and institutions? It is further disturbing that we find women spearheading this drive under the guise of equality......how many men do we see lining up to give birth? Men recognize that this is not for us......perhaps some things are not for women....we need you in the home to lay the foundations for future generations....both morally and socially......this is an important job.....Frankly, it has consistently been neglected. children are not growing up properly and that needs attention before we have women ordained.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  80. Carl

    In the painting "The last supper", one of the disciples depicted is very possibly Mary.
    Can't stand in for Jesus?

    August 31, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  81. robert

    it dosent matter. catholisism says it can do anything it wants reguardless of what the bible says anyway. calling pristes father when jesus says not to, bowing down before graven images against the second commandment. (and lets not even go into the rampent child abuse.) they have no argument not to make women prists, or to do so, because they don't stand on the rock of the bible anyway.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  82. Susan

    The Roman Catholic Church will continue to alienate women and modern world thinkers if it continues to cling to ancient interpretations of the Bible. Where would we be today if we had not allowed ourselves to be governed by the US Constitution, as interpreted by the Supreme Court in a modern context?

    All organized religions require updating in order to seek common ground to bring about world peace. Recognizing true gender equality would be a very good start for all.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  83. Brandon

    The catholic church needs to look at the potential for marriage of priests before it looks at opening the church to female priests.

    For the user who mentioned maybe the women should start their own church you need to look at the evangelical landscape of this country today with millions of differnt congregations matching every type of lifestyle. "Me Church's". All about Me!!! Or my personal ideals and properity.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  84. A.S.

    The Catholic church is corrupt, morally bankrupt and seemingly permanently anchored in a belief system based on a 1700 year old book of myths which have been conveniently shaped and altered in order to, among other things, exclude women from the priesthood.

    Yes, it is time allow women to be ordained as priests and yes, it is time to allow all priests – men and women – to marry.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  85. Phillip

    What do you think Jesus would say about your question?
    I don't believe he would mind, being the prince of peace.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  86. GeoffC

    Not only time for women priests, but is also time for a woman Pope (Popeperson; Popestress, Ms.Pope, etc.)

    August 31, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  87. Rita

    I love the tradition, struc ture, and support he Catholic church provides but its attitude toward women is sad and disheartening. It is long past time to allow women as priests. No, the church is not a democracy but it is certainly capable of change.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  88. B FLood

    Would you ask a similar question about the Islamic faith? The answer is "no you would not". The Catholic Church is not a democracy. You do not get to vote. Please stick to trying to report the news. I know that is hard without any real reporters. Let the Catholic Church and the Pope administer the church. If you want women priests find another church.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  89. Brian Fillmore, Nanaimo, BC

    This matter does not really need to be discussed. What people think is not important. What is important is that which God has declared in His Word.

    "A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent." (NIV, 1 Timothy 2:11-12)

    A happy home is a home where a man loves his wife and a woman respects her husband. It is the same in church.

    Brian Fillmore

    August 31, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  90. Shantell of Georgia

    Jack No! The Roman Catholic Church should not ordain women as priests. I agree with Father Wang; but not with his reasoning. Historically in the bible, there is no record of women priests. The bible says that women are to keep quiet in the church. The bible is our guide. If bible teachings were good enough then, why aren't they good enough now? Why are people so eager to change the parts of the bible that don't fit their agenda? THIS is why the church is in such "disarray"......people pursuing their personal agendas instead of carrying out God's agenda.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  91. Helen and John Carswell

    There is no place in scripture that states that women should not be ordained. Selecting men for all positions was normal at that time. It was not possible for women to roam the country with a group of men. The way the church stands now , it is a an controlled entity.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  92. K O'Shea

    Women can make you feel more guilty (about anything!) than men, which is what the Catholic church is all about (original sin–oh, please!)
    So, yes, absolutely, women should be "allowed" to be priests. They are the best advocates for what the church professes.
    I was raised a Catholic, but our family was very non-religious. I attend mass now (mostly for funerals) and find myself doing nothing but crying while there. So depressing.
    We need uplifitng, and women are the ones to generate that. Men can be very threatening, even when they feel they are comforting. It's time for welcoming the 21st century into the Catholic church and bring softness and a motherly love into our church leaders. (yes, I am a heterosexual).

    August 31, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  93. Emmy

    Jack, the Catholic Church has always made decisions their way, and not according to the Bible like forbidding priests and nuns to marry when the Bible commands nothing of that sort. I could go on but time won't allow but my point is that I wouldn't be surprised if they went on and ordained women when the Bible clearly teaches against it. True Christian women don't feel left out by this arrangement because they know they can still serve in other areas just as well. Christianity is NOT about women's lib, it's about humility and serving others and not self.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  94. Dirk /Spokane

    Fear the Church will not survive? Please keep in mind the Catholic Church is now( just recently crowned ) the largest denomination in England.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  95. Chris A. McAdory


    If women desire to be priests then they should be allowed. However, they might want to visit a psycholgist before doing so.
    Chris A. McAdory
    Baton Rouge,LA

    August 31, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  96. Ruth


    The Catholic Church is in the last stages of Hospice – it is dying.
    Ordination of women brings the opportunity for CHANGE for all members of the Church. May it happen soon – I pray I live to see it.
    Ruth Mpls. MN

    August 31, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  97. Curtis

    Silver Spring, MD

    I'm sorry Jack, but this is really not the concern of the media. The policies of Catholic Church is the business of Catholics insofar as they don't violate the constitutional rights of others. And, no, this is not a constitutional right. It is reasonable for the RCC to expect the right to govern their own membership without worrying about pressures from governments or popular opinion. If Catholics don't like it, they can separate themselves from the church. It doesn't really matter who else doesn't like it.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  98. Simo Hayha

    I'm not Catholic, but it's time to lay off the guy. If you don't like the Catholic opinion, join some other religion whose rules you like better. Don't destroy a religion from within because it doesn't suit your personal opinions.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  99. David R.

    As a member of the Holy Orthodox Agnostics I ccan only suggest the church be split down the middle with the men 'taking over' one half and the wonem the other half. Then after 10 years see who's done a better job by counting attendance. Yes, Virginia, I suggest the two compete aginst each other. The side that gets the most attendance after 10 years gets to have the ultimate say (and who gets to keep the control on the pocketbook.)

    But don't think for a minute the men have a lock on perversion–after I watched "The Magdalene Sisters" the nuns were just as cruel as the men ever were.

    Of course, I'd just sit back and watch and never go near either half, but it would be fun to watch.


    DR, Burbank, CA

    August 31, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  100. BJ Blinston

    Since when did man get to decide what God should do?

    August 31, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  101. Joanne Remy-Maldacker

    At the time Jesus chose men to be his apostles, views about the roles of women made it impossible for him to choose women. Those views have certainly changed. If Jesus lived today, I believe he would certainly choose both men and women. The Church must stop clinging to excuses to avoid change and, rather, empbrace changes that will keep the church relevant and alive for generations to come.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  102. Harold, Phoenix,AZ.

    Female Priest is a great idea. A new way of thought and action would be good for everyone.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  103. Peter

    Is Jesus male or female?

    Case Closed!

    August 31, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  104. Lawrence Reichelt

    No, women should not be ordained as priests. Catholic theology must be understood along with our own Constitution. No one should tell anyone how to run their own religion nor should any religion tell anyone how to run their Country. Let us all remember how wise our founding fathers were when they separated church and state. In those places where church and state are combined – that is where most of the problems of our world reside.


    August 31, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  105. m from VT

    yes women should be priests – and priests should be able to get married

    August 31, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  106. jeananne mitchell

    It happened about 2000 years ago, the ordination of women. Google THE GOSPEL OF MARY MAGDALIN, and be informed of the rightful place of women ordained by Jesus himself. That didn't last long; mysogany overtook the church when it became institutional and heirarchicacal; google the NIACENE CONCLAVE where only four of the many gospels were chosen as 'offivial' , and to grasp authoritarianism for the destructive and suppresive power that it was and is: the beginning of the end of real Christianity.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  107. Gretchen

    No, it is not time. It is time for feminists to realize that women do not have to be the same as men. Women have a unique and wonderful role in God's creation and in the Church.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  108. Mark

    It's hypocritical of the church to look down on Islam for how they repress women, when Christianity does the exact same thing.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  109. Ronda (from Canastota, NY)

    The Pope needs to bring the Catholic religion into the 21st century if he wants to keep his flock. One way to do that is to allow women to be ordained as priests. The Jews, who have no one in charge of Judaism, have allowed women to be rabbis. I never saw female rabbis when I was a child some 50+ years ago, but I'm seeing a lot of them now. Judaism has a very progressive policy and because it keeps up with the times, it isn't losing believers as fast as Catholicism is. I've seen many Catholics convert to Judaism, yet I've never seen one Jew convert to Catholicism. Do you see a correlation here?

    August 31, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  110. Dee

    It is certainly time-and past time. Certainly Jesus himself would have had no problem with it. It is time to end all prejudices based on gender or race or nationality. The Catholic Church has much to offer the world but they must be of the world.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  111. Sean in Michigan

    It can be described in whatever terms they like, including weak analogies. By denying women the opportunity, they are showing discrimination based on gender, which is pure sexism.
    Saying it's not sexist for the reasons they mentioned is like saying a sin is not a sin unless you meant to sin. I wonder how that would go over in the Vatican.
    Time for the catholic church to make at least one decision that helps it continue. Let women be ordained.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  112. Pete


    The rock upon which the church was build has not changed in these past 2000 years. The Church is not a social club or a democracy or any organization that should or will make its decisions based on popular vote. The church is a kingdom, ruled by Christ and ministered by Princes that are to report to him. It is the people that must change to the will of Christ, not Christ changing to the will of the people. There is No King but Christ, we are to live our lives in submission to his will and word. Our church is therefore ruled through the Pope and Priests who have been ordained to represent Christ in all matters.

    So to your question, is it time for Women to be ordained in the Catholic Church? Only if it is the will Christ.

    Pete, King of Prussia, PA

    August 31, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  113. Dan

    No. It is time however for all religions to admit they are nothing more than organizations seeking to perpetuate myths, lies, and abuse, while enriching themselves off of the people.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:51 pm |
  114. Lance

    I don't know, Jack. Are we just picking on Catholics today, or should we be asking the Muslims, Buddhists, Mormons, etc., the same question? Religious belief and practice is voluntary in this country – if you don't agree with the pope, dalai lama, or ayatollah, feel free to quit and start your own church. But let's stop trying to railroad everyone and every institution around us into one set of politically correct ideas. I prefer having a choice.

    August 31, 2010 at 6:52 pm |
  115. nino

    The vatican treats women like the muslims, second class citizen!

    August 31, 2010 at 6:56 pm |