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January-24-97

Vatican Presents Its Case Against Female Priests

Though the Vatican has tried for years to make the issue of ordaining women go away, the issue won't die. On January 24th, the Vatican presented its case and announced the release of a book which gathers together church documents on the subject and "scholarly" essays on why women will not be ordained as priests. Bishop Angelo Scola commented at a news conference, "The church does not have the power to modify the practice, uninterrupted for 2000 years, of calling only men to the ministering priesthood, in that this was wanted directly by Jesus." He cites that Jesus chose only men for the 12 apostles and that priesthood is "objectively linked to the male sex of Jesus."

Media Resources: The Nando Times - January 24, 1997