Anne Soupa’s candidacy for the Archbishopric of Lyon on May 25, 2020 has been emulated. A collective of seven women, called “All Apostles!”, was formed to present their candidacies for various positions in the Church: bishop, priest, deacon, or lay preacher. These candidatures were submitted to the Paris nunciature on July 22.
The collective shelled out for a press release, and make public the candidates’ dossiers. The association’s manifesto explains that “the absence of women in positions of responsibility— whether in the governance of our parishes, our dioceses, in the Vatican, or as ordained ministers—constitutes a scandal as much as a counter-testimony by the church. This immense injustice is not a minor problem but hurts the whole ecclesial body.”
The manifesto goes on to say that it “seems necessary, in the face of the urgency of the situation, to start the reforms from somewhere. However, the discrimination the women object to is one of the most visible and violent...The obstacle to opening up to women, and more broadly to the non-ordained, to these ministries and bodies is neither theological nor spiritual, it is political and cultural.”
How Feminism Leads to Heresy
Bringing everything down to political or cultural conflict is customary in feminist rhetoric. But in this case, this discourse hurts the immutable structure of the Church as it was founded by Jesus Christ and opens the way for multiple heresies.
Thus, the manifesto affirms that “the multiplicity of pitfalls with which women are confronted is indicative of the profound challenges for the Church: to get out of the clerical-lay partition; an excessively vertical and poorly transparent governance structure; of the confusion between power, the sacred and the masculine; of the coupling between the priestly functions and the functions exercised in the decision-making bodies; of the discrimination against people because of their gender or their lifestyle.”
These attacks affect several dogmas or revealed truths: the episcopal office with its three functions of teaching, sanctification, and government; the priesthood reserved for men only; the hierarchical structure of the Church ... But these modern [women] theologians do not worry about it, these women who impose their own views on the Holy Church.
Of these seven women candidates for sacred office, three are married, one is divorced, one is an “priest” “ordained” by a female bishop, one is transgender and one is celibate.
The so-called “priestess” falls under the blow of excommunication… She herself believes that she can justify herself thusly: “Canon 1024 reserves the priestly ordination for viri (men of the male sex), but, in all conscience, I believe that it is good to obey God rather than men. (...) The laws of the Church, which have often evolved and are not of divine right, left me no choice.” So it seems that there are no laws of divine law in the code of canon law. No comment.
In their statements, these women all call for strict and absolute equality between men and women in all positions and in all ministries of the Church. They are virulently against the institution: “The Catholic Church has emptied the churches... It’s not that people don’t believe in God, it’s what the Church rejects. If they refuse homosexuals, if they refuse the divorced-and-remarried, they have no one left,” said one of them.
Unsurprisingly, the transgender candidate explains: “I have been a member for 8 years of the Carrefour des Chrétiens Inclusifs (LGBTQI + believing and activist association), of the Bethany communion (contemplative prayer community that welcomes homosensible and transgender believers) and I frequent the Saint-Merry parish. Everywhere, I participate in the organization of celebrations actively open to LGBTQI + believers ”(sic).
Do these lost women know of what they are speaking? They bear witness in their own way to the state of decay of Catholicism after fifty years of the conciliar revolution. The most culpable are those who, including theologians and those at the top of the Church hierarchy, promote such rantings.