Q: If the Vatican accepts you as women priests, will you study in seminaries, be obedient to your bishop, work in parishes, and be celibate like the priests in the Church today? JMT
(Question and answer from the Newsletter: LEADING, published by the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests (ARCWP)
A: Why would we agree to accept the same archaic terms and conditions that we have dedicated ourselves to change? One of the major purposes of the women priest movement is to divest the accepted patriarchal trappings from what has become the “Christian Empire” and return to the simplicity of the Early Church … of small faith communities, including liturgical celebrations in homes. Also, celibacy is not a virtue in itself. In some cases, it is a choice made to accomplish a feat that cannot tolerate diversion. It is important to note that intimate, loving relations with others, rather than dissipate our love of God, enhance it.
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