An Australian ordination liturgy of Anglican deacons (including four women) in a Catholic Church has been scotched. Sandherst, Victoria bishop (Roman Catholic) Joseph Grech:
After much discussion with Archbishop Guissppe Lazzarato and the Vatican, the ramifications were investigated. The Catholic Church’s doctrine on the ordination of deacons and priests is well known. There were certain issues within the doctrine that created problems. It’s the best thing for both churches.
I wonder why such an avenue was even explored. On one level, it would be a neighborly gesture for Catholics to open their church to another Christian group whose building is structurally unsafe. Apparently, women’s ordination issues, no matter how many pronouncements are forthcoming from the Vatican, are still a very touchy topic in Roman thinking.
How far does or should such a barrier extend? We’re assuming emergency situations, building projects, and the like on the following queries. Is it wrong for Protestants, for example, to commemorate the Last Supper in a Catholic Church because we differ on Eucharistic theology? In return, would it be entirely inappropriate for a new or church-less Catholic community to worship in a non-Catholic building? Are we better off, for example, in a movie theater, or a hotel, or a public school, or a community building? Have we lost all credibility in seeking an alternate place of worship in another church building if and when a Catholic community needs it?
What do you think?