The Problem With Liberation Ordination

Kathryn Jean Lopez, the editor of the National Review Online writes in the Wall Street Journal:

Not all religious sisters are happy. Overall, their numbers have been dwindling — from 179,954 in 1965 to 59,208 today, according to Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate. And some frustrated women “priests” do come from their ranks.

But the women’s ordination movement may well be dying. It has neither momentum nor standing within the church, and the momentum surrounding papal events and traditional orders appears to suggest that Catholic sentiment is flowing in the opposite direction. Sister Sara Butler, the author of “The Catholic Priesthood and Women: A Guide to the Teaching of the Church,” says: “These women do not represent most Catholic women, and they do not represent most women religious.”

A 2007 study found that 66% of those considering religious vocations were drawn to them most by a “desire to live a life of faithfulness to the Church and its teaching.” The young women in this majority don’t feel the need to remake Catholicism in their own image. Christ’s is more than good enough for them.

See full article: The Problem With Liberation Ordination – WSJ.com

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