The Association of U.S. Catholic Priests (AUSCP), which claims a priestly membership of just over 1,300 priests, issued a white paper on May 8 titled “AUSCP Declaration on the Status of Women.” This white paper calls for the priestly ordination of women and utilizes condemned modernist reasoning to reach its conclusions. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, AUSCP members will be asked to affirm this declaration at the ongoing AUSCP 2019 Assembly in St. Louis.
The Lepanto Institute has written extensively on the AUSCP’s promotion of homosexuality, priestless parishes, female deacons and more:
This year, Cardinal Blase Cupich is giving the AUSCP’s keynote address, and Abp. Robert Carlson of St. Louis, Missouri, is celebrating the AUSCP’s Mass on Wednesday. Currently, Abp. John Wester serves as the AUSCP’s episcopal moderator to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Bp. John Stowe is an active member and Abp. Wilton Gregory, Bp. Gregory Hartmeyer and Bp. Robert McElroy have all participated in AUSCP events.
Given what we are about to reveal, these prelates must immediately condemn the AUSCP in order to avoid being actively involved in what is clearly a declaration of heresy.
In the introduction of the white paper, the AUSCP makes abundantly clear that its call for the priestly ordination of women is an adopted and formal position of the AUSCP leadership team. It also encourages AUSCP priests to spread and promote this ideology to vulnerable members of their parishes.
It says: “On May 28, 2019, the Leadership Team of the Association of US Catholic Priests (AUSCP) approved a Declaration on the Status of Women in the Church. We invite you to read the document and discuss it in your parish or community.”
This 23-page screed goes to great lengths to discard 2,000 years of Catholic orthodoxy in order to make way for the conclusion that the priestly ordination of women is even possible. But once concluded that it is possible to ordain women, it then makes the incredible leap that not ordaining women is an act of injustice that must be rectified.
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