The Bourgeois castration sure has them all fired up.
Here's the kookiest part:
Blessed John Henry Newman said that there are three magisteria in the church: the bishops, the theologians and the people.You know something is wrong with that urban legend. If we were nitwits and took this on face value, it's almost as if they're saying the contributions of the now laicized and excommunicated Roy Bourgeois, Richard McBrien and Joan Chittister are just as important as 2000 years of Popes. I couldn't find any source at all linking it to Blessed JHN but even if he did say it, there's no doubt in my mind that he was speaking about 'theologians' and 'people' who are doctors of the Church and Saints. They've polled people at the National Catholic Reporter to get a sense of the infidels and they have a message:
Our message is that we believe the sensus fidelium is that the exclusion of women from the priesthood has no strong basis in Scripture or any other compelling rationale; therefore, women should be ordained. We have heard the faithful assent to this in countless conversations in parish halls, lecture halls and family gatherings. It has been studied and prayed over individually and in groups. The brave witness of the Women's Ordination Conference, as one example, gives us assurance that the faithful have come to this conclusion after prayerful consideration and study -- yes, even study of Ordinatio Sacerdotalis.Studying Ordinatio Sacerdotalis is a spectacular idea. Oh wait...They don't mean they should study it? Popes have been studying it for 2000 years. Here's the bottom line: The Pope stated that “in some places” the possibility of ordaining women to the priesthood was “considered still open to debate.” Nevertheless, “in order that all doubt may be removed regarding a matter of great importance,” the Pope stated unequivocally, “I declare that the Church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women and that this judgment is to be definitively held by all the Church’s faithful.”