"... should not expect to be allowed to teach catechetical leaders or others in the name of the church.”
Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk's remark seems reasonable enough. But, of course, it isn't reasonable to Sister of Charity Louise Akers, whose entire life has been dedicated to the priestette movement:
In 1985 she established the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center in Cincinnati. In the 1990s she served as associate director of social concerns at the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. From 1979 to 1984 she was a member of the Social Action Office staff in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. She has been an adjunct and visiting professor at Mount St. Joseph and at Xavier University in the past, and has taught classes and courses related to issues of peace and justice for the Office of Catechesis and Evangelization.
She told The Catholic Telegraph that she cannot recant her support for the ordination of women in the Catholic Church.
“Foremost it, for me, is primacy of conscience which has always been of paramount importance in the history of our church,” she said. “For me to publicly support the current church teaching forbidding women’s ordination would be a lie. The value, dignity and equality of womanperson is at the core of my stance.”
Thankfully, Archbishop Pilarczyk has also followed his conscience, which, in contrast to Sr. Akers' conscience, has been formed by the authoritative teachings of the Church. Sr. Akers, sadly, has embraced the common and false notion, so prevalent among dissenters, that her conscience is magisterial, infallible, unquestionable. It's an easy error to embrace when you begin with the belief that Church doctrine and authority are suspect, transient, reworkable, and meant to be reworked according to the flavors and fads of the current age. Contrast that with Pope Paul VI's remarks in Dignitatis Humanae, written in 1965:
The disciple is bound by a grave obligation toward Christ, his Master, ever more fully to understand the truth received from Him, faithfully to proclaim it, and vigorously to defend it, never-be it understood-having recourse to means that are incompatible with the spirit of the Gospel. At the same time, the charity of Christ urges him to love and have prudence and patience in his dealings with those who are in error or in ignorance with regard to the faith.(37) All is to be taken into account-the Christian duty to Christ, the life-giving word which must be proclaimed, the rights of the human person, and the measure of grace granted by God through Christ to men who are invited freely to accept and profess the faith.
More on the situation from Rich Leonardi, who covers Catholic matters from Cincinnati.