Open ordination to all baptized Catholics
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The election of the new pope provides a unique opportunity not only to wish Benedict well for this next chapter in his own life but also to speak about a subject that will contribute mightily to a renewed vision for the Roman Catholic Church. We, of the Association of Pittsburgh Priests, take this opportunity to do both. To Pope Emeritus Benedict: "May the Holy Spirit be your constant companion on the journey."
As to the new vision: It is our conviction that ordination to the priesthood should be open to all baptized Catholics. They have always been encouraged to claim as their legacy the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, Eucharist, reconciliation, matrimony and the anointing of the sick. Similarly they should be encouraged to claim ordination as part of that same legacy.
This opening of ordination to all, without regard to gender, marital status or sexual orientation, will help create the kind of equality truly worthy of a church proclaiming good news. Countless hearts everywhere are longing for this equality, and when it is created a waiting church and world will rejoice. Peace.
REV. DONALD C. FISHER
The Association of Pittsburgh Priests
The writer, a priest from the Diocese of Pittsburgh, is writing on behalf of the members of the association.
First Published March 14, 2013 12:00 am