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Vatican Says Female Anglican Bishops Reveal a Divine Divide

The Roman Catholic Church has signaled the start of Schism 2.0 (at least), thanks to the Church of England's decision to allow women bishops in its Church. As for its own clergy, the Vatican has promised automatic excommunication for any Catholic bishop who attempts to ordain a woman as a priest.

The Catholic cardinal in charge of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity said:

"Such a decision is a break with apostolic tradition maintained in all of the Churches in the first millennium, and is therefore a further obstacle for reconciliation between the Catholic Church and the Church of England."

The cardinal warned that the Church of England's decision would have a long-term impact on the previously fruitful interfaith dialogue.

Does the Catholic Church's belief that since Christ chose only men as his apostles, only men can be priests represent an irreconcilable difference between Catholics and Anglicans? What would be gained by a healthy dialogue between the two Christian churches that separated during the 16th century?

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stephley stephley 8 years
It's probably not an outright lie, it's just a misdirection.
syako syako 8 years
he doesn't know labels... he lives in Italy, come on!
syako syako 8 years
yeah that's true! btw, my mom calls him the Prada Pope with the utmost respect! :)
stephley stephley 8 years
I double-checked on google, Sy, cuz I thought they had denied the Prada claim but it was more of a 'oh, he doesn't know labels' denial than a 'no, those aren't Prada', which to me says they are. At least he's got taste.
syako syako 8 years
haha. I'm not sure if those shoes are Prada, but I remember my mom read an article about the pope wearing Prada shoes, and she calls him the Prada Pope now. :P
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
LOL! It's nice to know buckles were out that year.
stephley stephley 8 years
Sorry, red PRADA shoes. I thought they were supposed to be shoes of a fisherman. In Why Does the Pope Have Red Shoes?, a slim volume devoted to answering children's questions, Monsignor Georg Ganswein, the Pope's private secretary, explained: Red is the colour of martyrdom and the pope is the successor of the martyred St. Peter, and also, he wrote, "red is the colour of burning love, the colour of the fire of the Spirit." The Papal shoes are the red leather outdoor shoes worn by the Pope. Traditionally they were made of plain red Morocco leather and had a wide cross in gold braid. John XXVIII added gold buckles but they were eliminated by his successor, Paul VI.
syako syako 8 years
red PRADA shoes, steph. ;)
stephley stephley 8 years
He's like any fashionista, he'll lift the robes to make sure everyone gets a peek at what he's got (and they're symbolic of something but I don't remember what).
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Sure! But just one question how do you know what color the Popes shoes are if they're under his robe?
stephley stephley 8 years
Once you get your hands on the Pope's cool red shoes and robes, would you share with us?
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
"the top is a boys only club" LMAO! I couldn't resist. Yeah stephley you girls need to step it up. Women out number men. You should recruite a gay army to fight for you and we'll take over the world.
stephley stephley 8 years
I don't think the Catholic Church feels a need for a healthy dialogue on this topic - the top is a boys only club and that's that.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Patriarchy, gotta love it.
raciccarone raciccarone 8 years
In Genesis 4:6, it does say "And God hath given Eve and all her followers cooties, which shall be passed down unto her kind." :coffee: This morning's moment of sacrilege has been brought to you by Sara Lee's Devil's Food Cake. Cake so devilish, it's heavenly.
briglass briglass 8 years
Once you appreciate the complexities of gender taxonomy, discrimination of this type seems sophomoric at best. Should XYY-chromosomal supermales be excluded from bishopry as well? What about those with Turner syndrome? Is there a specific passage about gonadal dysgenesis in the Bible, or should we just pretend it doesn't exist?
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Women do not belong in any position in the church. They are weak and have a difficult time adherring to any sort of rule structure. :rotfl: It's hard to alienate 50+% of the human race with a straight face.
em113 em113 8 years
oh no! not women in the upper echelons of the church, anything but that! oy vey....
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