This stunning admission of dissident proclivities was made during a "60 Minutes" interview with Norah O'Donnell. What else can we call it when he states, "if I were founding a church, you know, I'd love to have women priests. But Christ founded it and what he he has given us is something different."
Let's unpack this, shall we? We'll first examine Ordinatio Sacerdotalis, an Apostolic Letter written by Pope Saint John Paul II and promulgated on May 22, 1994 - the Feast of Pentecost that year. To the best of my knowledge, this is the only time the sainted pontiff spoke ex cathedra. I'll quote the key paragraph from the bottom of this letter where Pope John Paul II invoked infallibility.
"Wherefore, in order that all doubt may be removed regarding a matter of great importance, a matter which pertains to the Church's divine constitution itself, in virtue of my ministry of confirming the brethren (cf. Lk 22:32) I declare that the Church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women and that this judgment is to be definitively held by all the Church's faithful."
I underlined that last phrase for a reason. In his interview with 60 Minutes, did Cardinal O'Malley definitively hold that judgment? He did not! His acknowledgment of it was grudging at best. This Prince of the Church, in clear dereliction of his sacerdotal duties, makes plain his personal ambivalence regarding Pope John Paul's declaration and sympathy to those dissenting on the matter of women-priestess wannabees.
In August 2013, Pope Francis reiterated Pope John Paul II's declaration. Cardinal O'Malley is the lone American among the group of eight cardinals selected to reform the curia. What he does and says will not be lost on Pope Francis. The question now is, what will Pope Francis do about this not-so-sly dissent from the Magisterium by Cardinal O'Malley?
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