Friday, July 9, 2010

Women's ordination to be added to the list of "delicta graviora"

Updates to canon law on the gravest sins in the Church can be expected in the coming days, Vatican sources report. The last time the law was modified was in 2001 when Pope John Paul II, together with the then-head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, defined which offenses were the delicta graviora, or the most serious sins. Those cases were then placed under the sole jurisdiction of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

The modifications made in 2001 were published in the motu proprio Sacramentorum sanctitatis tutela, which defined the most serious sins as those against the Sacrament of Penance, against the Eucharist, and against the sixth commandment when committed by a priest against a minor under 18 years of age.

According to the Catholic News Service:

...Under the new revisions, the "attempted ordination of women" will be listed among those crimes, as a serious violation of the sacrament of holy orders, informed sources said. As such, it will be handled under the procedures set up for investigating "delicta graviora" under the control of the doctrinal congregation.

In 2008, the doctrinal congregation formally decreed that a woman who attempts to be ordained a Catholic priest and the person attempting to ordain her are automatically excommunicated. In 1994, Pope John Paul said the church's ban on women priests is definitive and not open to debate among Catholics.

Photos: 1. Women's ordination Mass in Florida (2/2010); 2. Roman Catholic Womenpriests member and priest Mary Kay Kusner celebrates Mass in Iowa (6/2010).


  1. Rebel Girl:
    Not a comment on the post, but thought you'd be interested in this event:

  2. At the same time, it will include the "attempted ordination of women" among the list of most serious crimes against church law, or "delicta graviora," sources said.

    And who gives a damn about your church law? Teach the New Testament; follow the teachings of Jesus the best of your ability, try to be a good person and help out others when possible. Stop polluting the religious community with insanity laws and decrees that only are made to keep control and fear on people.

  3. Thanks, Anonymous No.1. I can't go to the event due to a prior commitment but I will re-post it on the blog for those who can go -- or who just want to acquire the book, since it falls within the purview of this blog.