Catholic Woman priest Janice Sevre-Duszynska in August, 2008
As a result, hereceived a letter from the Vatican demanding that he recant or face excommunication.Upon refusing to do so, not only was he expelled from his religious order, he was alsoexcommunicated from the Church through the process of self ex-communicationknown as
case has consequently been used bymany feminists in their argument for change in the Church regarding its attitudetowards the ordination of female priests.
However, before examining in detail how a feminist legal scholar would arguethat the refusal to ordinate female priests reflects the inherent maleness of this area of law, the actual canon law dealing with ordinations within the Church, as well as thedevelopment of Canon Law itself, merits an examination. It has been stated that
ly in the Fifth Century, Christianity began to develop a systematic
theology to explain and justify its religious beliefs‟
As time progressed, varioustheologians and theorists such as Saint Augustine and Saint Thomas Aquinas
as wellas various Popes at various Councils
have influenced the development of thissystem. Furthermore, some of these canon laws are based on divine tradition andcannot be changed whilst others are based on human tradition and can be changed byChurch authorities.
It should be noted that Canon 1024
, which regulates ordinationwithin the C
hurch, stating that „A baptised male alone receives sacred ordinationvalidly‟,
is itself a divine canon and theoretically it cannot be changed. Pope John II
Joshua J. Mc Elwee, „Maryknoll gives Bourgeois notice of removal from order,‟
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