I don’t agree, but I’m not Catholic or indeed religious so my view on the crime of attempts at ordaining women is irrelevant. But I do have a view on this:
The new rules put attempts at the ordination of women among the “most serious crimes”, along with pedophilia.
They update a 2007 CDF decree, according to which those who attempt to ordain women – and the women concerned – are subject to automatic excommunication.
Apparently ordaining women is a “crime against sacraments” [anyone Catholic who can explain this?] whereas p*dophilia is “a crime against morals”. Which seems to mean that you won’t automatically be excommunicated for it if current Church practice is anything to go by. One good thing to come out of this is that the “Vatican also issued new rules on the handling of sex abuse cases on Thursday. It ordered quicker investigations of pedophile priests and extended the statute of limitations by 10 years to 20 years after the victim’s 18th birthday.” So perhaps some more victims will be able to get justice, or at the very least heard and believed.
You would think that a Church that has members actively wanting to join the Priesthood, in a Church where there is a worldwide shortage of priests, would at least be considering those members. But instead it brands them criminals.