Regarding “Time for Catholics to embrace, not exclude,” Aug. 19, Page 22:

This Oregon Synod Committee list of demands has the spirit of Protestantism. It lists all the objections to Catholicism held by other denominations.

Why don’t the committee members accept the infallible teaching that priestly ordination is reserved only to men? Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, in his “Commentary on ‘Ad Tuendam Fidem,’” wrote, “[T]his doctrine is to be held definitively, since, founded on the written Word of God, constantly preserved and applied in the Tradition of the Church, it has been set forth infallibly by the ordinary and universal magisterium.”

Marriage is reserved between a man and a woman. That is God’s will, explicit in both the Old and New Testament, and that’s why the church doesn’t sanction other unions.

Communion is reserved for those in a state of grace. It’s not about seeing someone as a “lesser Catholic.” It’s humbling your heart to adhere to the teaching handed down from Christ. Who wants to be the person to subject Jesus as to another Passion? St. Faustina wrote, “Today I learned with what aversion the Lord comes to a certain soul in Holy Communion. He goes to that heart as to a dark prison, to undergo torture and affliction.”

Celibacy isn’t causing a priest shortage; it certainly did not prevent the early church from flourishing. A married priesthood would create new and equally serious problems. Married priests have to divert their attention away from their parishes to their wives and children, assuring their care and education. Also, a priest with a family is more difficult to move to a different parish. Celibacy is a gift to both the priest and the laity. Lack of faith formation in the family probably has more impact on priestly numbers.

If this Oregon Synod Committee list is an indication of the fruits of the Synod on Synodality, schism may be closer to home than Germany.

Brenda Kim

Gresham