Benefits to Anglicans.
* Regarding "Women priests carry on despite Vatican"
(NCR, June 27): The irony in the Vatican's ban on ordaining
Catholic women as priests is that our popes have conferred stoles and
put rings on the fingers of non-Catholic Anglican bishops whose church
continues to endorse everything the Catholic church bars. All the while
the pope won't grant his own Catholic people so much as a hearing,
never mind a papal ring or a stole, to discuss the aforementioned
issues. Never has the Holy See suggested Anglicanism repudiate women's ordination or disavow it in order to facilitate
intercommunion between the two churches. It insists only that
Anglicanism accept Catholic doctrines about Mary, papal infallibility
and other things Catholic women who want to be validly ordained already
accept. Preposterously, it suggests that the Holy See ultimately wants
to give Anglicans the benefits of receiving a Catholic Eucharist without
the barriers it currently imposes on Catholic women. I hope I am wrong.
(Fr.) JAMES CHICHETTO, CSC