138 – “The Church is woman. Women, in the Church, are more important than bishops and priests”

With Christ’s coming to the world, one of the most noteworthy changes witnessed by humanity was the elevation of women to a new and true dignity. It was Jesus himself who took up the defense of the repentant adulteress during the dinner at Simon the Pharisee’s house. When the Apostles tried to send away the mothers who brought their children to Our Lord, He reproached the Apostles, and not the mothers. Together with the disciples, Jesus also permitted the holy women to accompany him in his mission. But it is noteworthy that he did not place any one of these women in the position of official preaching, or of governing within the Church. Some might say that this was just a precaution to avoid confrontation with the customs of the time. We object. If Christ had already challenged so many norms, thus causing an uproar among the Pharisees, would he really be afraid to alter this prevalent standard? Does this not, rather, pertain to the plans of the uncreated Wisdom in relation to his Church? Or are we to believe that Christ the Lord acted out of vile caution on such an important question in determining the structure of His Church?

Christ had lovingly reserved a different mission for women from all eternity.

So many holy women throughout the History of the Church have revealed the luminous and irreplaceable – though discreet and abnegated – role of women in the Church, following the example of the Most Holy Virgin. Would Clovis and the Franks have converted if Saint Clotilde had not patiently encouraged her spouse? Would the Church today have a Doctor called Augustine, if it were not for the tears and prayers of Monica? How many orphans and abandoned individuals owe their lives to the care of abnegated woman? How many missionaries owe the success of their apostolate to a young woman who lived hidden in a Carmelite convent, under the name of Theresa of the Child Jesus? These humble women are heroines, and demonstrate their complete gift of self in a way that few soldiers on the battlefield do. Isn’t it a glory for women in the Church to know that their actions, though hidden from the eyes of mankind, are often decisive before the Throne of the Most High for the spreading of sanctity throughout the world?

Does it not appear that recently raised queries – queries, which are nothing more, nothing less than an echo of worldly maxims – end up taking away from women that which is theirs by right? Should the harmonious and ascending continuity of the past two thousand years now be brutally interrupted? Is it really necessary to redefine the role of the women within the Church? How did the Creator differentiate the roles of the men and women in the foundation of his Church? The answers to these questions will be of great use to our readers.

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Teachings of the Magisterium

Enter the various parts of our study

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I – Which image best represents the nature of the Church?
II – The Church is a living, ordered and hierarchical organism
III – The role of the Most Holy Virgin in the Church is unique and non-transferable
IV – The role of women in the Church
V – Humility and obedience: virtues that shine the most in the Doctors of the Church, an example for all Christian women
VI – A faulty ecclesiology that degenerates into false and deranged demands


I – Which image best represents the nature of the Church?


Pius XII

Nothing nobler to define and describe the true Church of Jesus Christ than the expression ‘the Mystical Body of Christ’

Leo XIII         

The Church is the body of Christ, living and energizing, because He guards and sustains it by the infusion of His power

John Paul II

The Church has a supernatural beauty in which the beauty of God himself is reflected
The Church is the choice vine; in it the Holy Spirit abides and works

Benedict XVI

The heavenly Jerusalem is the icon of the Church utterly holy and glorious

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)

The spotless spouse of the spotless Lamb

Saint Augustine of Hippo

Virgin and mother, of lasting virginal integrity and incorrupt fruitfulness

II – The Church is a living, ordered and hierarchical organism


John XXIII

In the Church there exists a clear distinction between the clergy and the people

John Paul II

Without priests the Church would not be able to live

Benedict XVI

Nothing will substitute the priestly ministry
The priest does something which no human being can do of his own power
Christ tends his flock through the pastors of the Church

Vatican Council I (Ecumenical XX)

In the Church there is the divinely instituted power, by which it pertains to some to teach and govern, while others are without it

Clement I of Rome

Let every one of you give thanks to God in his own order, not going beyond the rule of the ministry prescribed to him

Pius X

The Church, a society comprising two categories: Pastors and flock

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)

By the anointing of the Holy Spirit, priests are signed with a special character and are conformed to Christ the Priest

Saint Alphonsus Liguori

The entire Church cannot give to God as much honor as a single priest
Francis’ words: “Women, in the Church, are more important than bishops and priests”

Saint Alphonsus Liguori

The priest is inferior only to God

Saint Catherine of Siena

Not even the angels have the dignity of the ministers of Christ

Benedict XVI

No man on his own, relying on his own power, can put another in touch with God; yet an essential part of the priest’s grace is the gift of creating this contact

Pius XII

The enemies of the Church themselves well know the vital importance of the priesthood, for it is against it that they direct their attacks

III – The role of the Most Holy Virgin in the Church is unique and non-transferable


Saint Albert the Great

The Blessed Virgin is not chosen by the Lord for the ministry
The Most Holy Virgin is above all orders

John Paul II

The Mother of the Redeemer has a precise place in the plan of salvation, She is the most noble member of the Church
The profound link which exists between the Mother of Christ and the Church

Benedict XVI

Like Mary, the Church is the mediator of God’s blessing for the world
The maternal vocation of the Virgin towards those who believe in Christ began when Jesus said to her: ‘Woman, behold your son!’
Only the Virgin Mary is the Mother of that mystery of unity which Christ and the Church signify

Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Mother of Jesus is the image and beginning of the Church as it is to be perfected in the world to come

Saint Augustine of Hippo

Mary was chosen to be the one from whom Salvation would come to the human race

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Mary is an invitation to the Church to root her very being in listening and receiving the Word of God

Saint Alphonsus de Liguori

Jesus Christ is the Head; Mary is as the neck through which graces pass to the members

IV – The role of women in the Church


John Paul II

Many women, following the example of Mary, have served and continue to serve in the Church in humble and valuable service

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Women play a role of showing the true face of the Church, spouse of Christ and mother of believers

John Paul II

Women often fulfill lowly and hidden functions, but not for this reason are they any less decisive to the growth and the holiness of the Church

Origen

The prophetesses did not speak in the assemblies

John Paul II

Women find in Mary the secret of living their femininity with dignity and of achieving their own true advancement
The full sense of the dignity of the lay faithful, men or women: the vocation to holiness, that is, the perfection of charity
Christ became a promoter of women’s true dignity and of the vocation corresponding to this dignity

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

The only better gift which can and must be desired is love

Sacred Scripture

A woman must receive instruction silently

V – Humility and obedience: virtues that shine the most in the Doctors of the Church, an example for all Christian women


Benedict XVI

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church, Patroness of Missions: by leading a very simple and hidden life she lived to the full the grace of Baptism
Through contemplative prayer St Thérèse of Lisieux lived an authentic missionary spirit in her own way

John Paul II

Saint Catherine of Siena cultivated a profound union with the divine Spouse in the midst of overwhelming occupations

Benedict XVI

Saint Hildegard of Bingen, Doctor of the Church, shone through obedience, simplicity, charity and hospitality

Paul VI

Doctor of the Church is not a title that comports hierarchical functions; rather it means that one knew how to confess the faith received by God through the Church

John Paul II

Saint Teresa of Avila, an exceptional woman ‘shrouded with humility, penance and simplicity’

VI – A faulty ecclesiology that degenerates into false and deranged demands


John Paul II

A faulty ecclesiology can easily lead to presenting false demands and raising false hopes
The vocation of women should be considered from Christ’s perspective
It is false to assume that Christ called men to be apostles in order to conform with the mentality of his times
The Gospels show that Jesus designated the Apostles for certain functions: He never sent the woman on preaching missions
With her vision illumined by faith, a woman should distinguish what truly responds to her dignity as a person and to her vocation

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Not even Christ’s Mother was invested with the apostolic ministry
The Apostle forbids women from the official function of teaching in the Christian assembly

Pius X

Modernist ‘reformers’ insist that authority should be decentralized in the Church

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    3 thoughts on “138 – “The Church is woman. Women, in the Church, are more important than bishops and priests”

    1. Bergoglio is a Satanist at heart and there is nothing good to be expected of him, neither for the souls in his hands nor for Catholic Church. His blasphemies, sacrileges and heresies are leading the world to pay homage at the feet of Satan, while his smiles and pizzas for the poor are deceiving a humanity that cheers his perverse plans on. Please continue, brave Fathers, there are many souls looking to you for guidance.

    2. “The Church is woman.” Yes, yes, yes the church is the Bride of Christ. Jesus is male, priests are male and represent Christ. Jesus said: “The Father is greater than I.” The Fatherhood and Maleness of God are, therefore, his main and important attributes that glorify him. And make no mistake about it, the Blessed Virgin in her Immaculate Conception, was a Queen, in her poverty in Nazareth she was a Queen, in the stable in Bethlehem with no crib for the Christchild, she was a Queen, and under the cross, Mary was a Queen, now she is Queen of Heaven and Earth, Queen of Angels, she knew her mission: the new Eve, full of Grace, full of the Holy Spirit, to serve Christ, in order to glorify HIM, and to bring about the salvation of humanity.

    3. Francis is a protestant at heart. Feminism brought about destruction to society and took away all feminine dignity. The great women saints never thought the way Francis does. Mary and only Mary is above the hierarchy of the Church. No other women (or man) has the dignity of the Blessed Mother, “Blessed art thou among women”. Maybe the Hail Mary offends Francis’s friends and he has forgotten one of the most basic prayers of the Catholic Faithful. But what to expect from a protestant…

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