Jimmy Carter: Catholic Church Should Ordain Women Priests

Patrick Frye

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?