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Jimmy Carter: Catholic Church Should Ordain Women Priests

Jimmy Carter: Catholic Church Should Ordain Women

Jimmy Carter says the Catholic Church should ordain women priests.

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, lately American politicians apparently feel they can tell the Catholic church how they should function.

President Obama made some upset with his comments on Catholic schools. In response, President Obama was called a “war criminal.”

Now Jimmy Carter’s Catholic church comments over the weekend are being bandied about. Jimmy Carter was asked by Time whether “religion can be a force for women’s rights instead of a source of women’s oppression.” Jimmy Carter’s response:

“I think there’s a slow, very slow, move around the world to give women equal rights in the eyes of God. … And I think the great religions have set the example for that, by ordaining, in effect, that women are not equal to men in the eyes of God. This has been done and still is done by the Catholic Church ever since the third century, when the Catholic Church ordained that a woman cannot be a priest for instance but a man can. A woman can be a nurse or a teacher but she can’t be a priest. This is wrong, I think…”

Jimmy Carter goes on to equate the Catholic Church’s all-male priesthood to a “human rights abuse.” It’s estimated there approximately 600 million Catholic women in the world, but none may apply for the priesthood. In 2008, the Vatican formally declared its policy of excommunication of women priests who completed ordination.

Yet, at the same time, many liturgical type churches, including the Church of England, have begun ordaining women priests. While some churches, like the Catholic Church, try to make a distinction between the clergy and laity, others say that the New Testament calls Jesus Himself the High Priest and that all are equal ministers underneath Jesus.

Do you agree with Jimmy Carter that the Catholic Church should ordain women priests?

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8 Responses to “Jimmy Carter: Catholic Church Should Ordain Women Priests”

  1. Anonymous

    Jimmy Carter should keep keep his comments to himself as a Southern Baptist. Does Islam have women Imans? There are other religions who do not have women Rabbi's, Pastors. I think that he is using this comment as the Catholic Church is Pro-Life and and believes marriage is between a man and a woman. Let's remember JIMMY as a one term president with an 18% inflation rate during his term.

  2. Rita Rivir

    Jimmy Carter does not understand that the Catholic Church is not a democracy or a social club. This is difficult for Americans to understand. Guided by the Holy Spirit, and in spite of turmoil, scandal, crime (the evil one does hate the Church Jesus founded) the Catholic Church, with it's pastor (the pope) has existed for over 2000 years. Read "Surprised by Truth" or "Salvation is From the Jews" – it will blow your mind. In a world of chaos it is sometimes the only voice of truth. God's Word does not change. Cultures change. Want to be hated? Want to be mocked? Join the ranks of the 1 billion who BELIEVE (not Nancy Pelosi or other politicians who claim to be "catholic" and do not follow the teachings of the Church) Join us. Happy to have you. You will be amazed. God Bless You.

  3. Carol Zuback Alexander

    Right on Rita,,,Love the way you state things,,,,

  4. Mike Kowalczyk

    I have great deal of respect for President Carter, but comments like this reflect very poorly on him. A man in his position and education should understand why the Catholic Church considers this impossible.

  5. Jeff Blacker

    Why does a priest get to keep possessions while a nun must give up everything?

  6. Mike Kowalczyk

    Jeff Blacker If a man joins a monastery to become a monk, he has to give up everything, just like a nun who joins a convent. Both must take a vow of poverty (giving up everything), and a vow of celibacy (remaining unmarried). It is simply part of being a member of a monastery or convent.

    Most priests are employed by the local bishop instead of a monastery, and thus have different rules to live by. They take only a vow of celibacy, so they must remain unmarried. However they take no vow of poverty, so they may keep any possessions or wealth they earn or inherit.