VATICAN - Women to Vet Bishops

Arno Froese

Pope Francis named three women to serve as members of the Vatican office that vets bishop nominations, in another first for women to have a say in Catholic Church governance.

A new constitution for the Holy See’s central administration that came into effect allows any baptized Catholic, including lay men and women, to head most Vatican departments.

“I am open to giving (women) an opportunity,” he said in the part of the 90-minute interview that discussed the new constitution for the central administration, known as the Curia.

“Two women will be appointed for the first time in the committee to elect bishops in the Congregation for Bishops,” he said.

The move, which has not been officially announced, is highly significant because women will for the first time have a say in the appointment of the world’s bishops, who are all men.

“This way, things are opening up a bit,” he said.

Church doctrine reserves the priesthood for men, given Christ’s apostles were male. Women have often complained they have a second-class status in the church, even though they do the lion’s share of its work running schools, hospitals and passing the faith from generation to generation., 13 July 2022

Arno's Commentary

Something is in the process of being developed unnoticed heretofore. Yes, “Church doctrine reserves the priesthood for men, given Christ’s apostles were male.” The tendency to change this is based on one word: equality. Many Protestant denominations have instituted this equality through the ordination of women pastors, previously reserved only for men. 

When we read Scripture, we notice that men have the upper hand. In Leviticus 27:3-4, we read: “And thy estimation shall be of the male from twenty years old even unto sixty years old, even thy estimation shall be fifty shekels of silver, after the shekel of the sanctuary. And if it be a female, then thy estimation shall be thirty shekels.” Later, in the New Testament, the apostle Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, says: “Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law” (1 Corinthians 14:34). That is clear as crystal. In plain words, a man is a man, and a woman is a woman; their roles should not be reversed.

Yet times have changed. In today’s society, quite often it is the woman who is the main breadwinner. When it comes to political leadership, for example, there are many countries who have or have had women as leaders; for example, Israel’s Golda Meir.

Evolutionarily technology is actually creating this equality. That is one reason, but there is another. Satan, the great deceiver, the father of lies, will produce his superman: Antichrist. He will appear on the world scene as the christ, the redeemer of the world, the messiah of Israel, but he is fake. Therefore, the equality movement by whatever name aims to mimic the real equality, as found in Galatians 3:28: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” In Christ Jesus, we are perfectly one, equal heirs to the promises: “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 3:29).

While here on earth in our flesh and blood, the Bible’s message is clear: a man is a man and a woman is a woman.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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