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Meditations on Man and Woman, Humanity and Nature

Luis T. Gutiérrez
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These pages are meditations on the mysteries of the creation, the incarnation, and the redemption. They explore the Christian understanding that all men and women are consubstantial in one and the same human nature, and are consubstantial with Jesus Christ as to his humanity. The meditations are based on a layman's reading of the Sacred Bible, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and the Theology of the Body as they pertain to the egalitarian complementarity of man and woman, which transcends the patriarchal binary of mutually exclusive male-female opposites. This understanding of the complementary equality of man and woman applies to all the sacraments, sheds light on the great nuptial mystery of Christ and the Church, and would seem to support the ordination of women to the ministerial priesthood and the episcopate.


Eucharistic Body Language, Male and Female

Working Draft - 18 April 2016

PRAELUDIUM 1 - Theology of the Body, Pope John Paul II, 1979

"Bodiliness and sexuality are not simply identical. Although in its normal constitution, the human body carries within itself the signs of sex and is by its nature male or female, the fact that man is a "body" belongs more deeply to the structure of the personal subject than the fact that in his somatic constitution he is also male or female. For this reason, the meaning of "original solitude," which can be referred simply to "man," is substantially prior to the meaning of original unity; the latter is based on masculinity and femininity, which are, as it were, two different "incarnations," that is, two ways in which the same human being, created "in the image of God" (Gen 1:27), "is a body."" The Meaning of Original Unity, Pope John Paul II, 7 November 1979. Source: Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body, Pauline Books, 2006, page 157. See also note 12 in page 158.

PRAELUDIUM 2 - Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis, 2016

"History is burdened by the excesses of patriarchal cultures that considered women inferior, yet in our own day, we cannot overlook the use of surrogate mothers and the exploitation and commercialization of the female body in the current media culture." (AL # 54)

"It needs to be emphasized that biological sex and the socio-cultural role of sex (gender) can be distinguished but not separated." (AL # 56)

"Even though Paul was writing in the context of a patriarchal culture in which women were considered completely subordinate to men, he nonetheless taught that sex must involve communication between the spouses: he brings up the possibility of postponing sexual relations for a period, but by agreement." (AL # 154)

"Husband and wife, father and mother, both cooperate with the love of God the Creator, and are, in a certain sense, his interpreters. They show their children the maternal and paternal face of the Lord." (AL # 172)

"The procreative meaning of sexuality, the language of the body, and the signs of love shown throughout married life, all become an uninterrupted continuity of liturgical language and conjugal life becomes in a certain sense liturgical." (AL # 215)

"Nor can we ignore the fact that the configuration of our own mode of being, whether as male or female, is not simply the result of biological or genetic factors, but of multiple elements having to do with temperament, family history, culture, experience, education, the influence of friends, family members and respected persons, as well as other formative situations. It is true that we cannot separate the masculine and the feminine from God’s work of creation, which is prior to all our decisions and experiences, and where biological elements exist which are impossible to ignore. But it is also true that masculinity and femininity are not rigid categories." (AL # 286)

PRAELUDIUM 3 - Canon 1024, Code of Canon Law, 1983

Canon 1024 - "A baptized male alone receives sacred ordination validly."


HUMAN NATURE: FLESH, BODY-SOUL, PERSON

The body is a sacrament of the entire person but is not the entire person:

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Colors: Grey = Biblical "Flesh" (Human Nature), Beige = Body, Pink = Female, Blue = Male, Purple = Intersex. NB: Sex and gender cannot be separated but they can be distinguished. The grey (biblical "flesh," i.e., human nature) subsists under the other colors for all humans. Christ is 100% human and 100% divine. Each person is distinct (solid borders), but all human beings are made of the same flesh. The human body is male or female or intersex but the gender of the personal subject is in a continuum.

IMAGO DEI

Each and every human being individually is an image of God
The communion of man and woman is an image of God
The communion of all human beings is an image of God

Personhood denotes at once particularity and communion

The body reveals the entire person but is not the entire person

ORIGINAL SIN AND PATRIARCHAL BODY LANGUAGE

The patriarchal culture of MALE HEADSHIP derives from original sin:

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Patriarchy is the old order of things, created by human hands

The patriarchal priesthood of the Old Law
conveyed unredeemed body language:
MALE, CLEAN versus FEMALE, UNCLEAN

INCARNATION, REDEMPTION, AND PENTECOST

After the redemption, the Church becomes the mystical body of Christ:

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If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:
The old has gone, the new is here!

NUPTIAL COVENANT OF CHRIST AND THE CHURCH

The Church submits to Christ and Christ submits to the Church:

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A rigid patriarchal interpretation of the bridegroom-bride analogy (Ephesians 5:21-33) reduces the Christ-Church mystery to cultural norms that no longer apply after the redemption for the same reason that male circumcision is no longer required for entering the sacramental economy (Acts 10 to 15).

In the new Christ-Church covenant, the Church
does have the authority (Mt 16:19, 18:18) to ordain women
to the priesthood and the episcopate

EUCHARISTIC BODY LANGUAGE IN THE CHRIST-CHURCH MYSTERY

The language of the body, male and female, is the language of the Eucharist:

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Why should body language around the altar be exclusively male?

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Jesus never said, "I am the male of life," did he?

He would have said so if his embodied masculinity was essential for the sacramental economy. The signs of the Eucharist (flesh, blood, bread, wine, lamb...) are not exclusively masculine. The body language of the Eucharist is HUMAN, male *and* female.

Why is it, then, that only males can be ordained
to the priesthood and the episcopate?

The sacramental priesthood of the New Law
can and should convey redeemed body language:
MALE, CLEAN and FEMALE, CLEAN

COLLOQUIUM 1 - On contraception and abortion

CANON 1024 is an artificial contraceptive of female priestly vocations
CANON 1024 es un anticonceptivo artificial de vocaciones sacerdotales femeninas
CANON 1024 è un contraccettivo artificiale delle vocazioni sacerdotali femminili
CANON 1024 est un contraceptif artificielle des vocations sacerdotales femmes
CANON 1024 é um contraceptivo artificial das vocações sacerdotais femininas
CANON 1024 ist eine künstliche Verhütungs der weiblichen Priesterberufungen
CANON 1024 jest sztucznym antykoncepcji kobiet powolan kaplanskich

Canon 1024 is an abortifacient of female vocations to the priesthood
Canon 1024 es un abortivo de vocaciones femeninas al sacerdocio
Canon 1024 è un abortivo di vocazioni al sacerdozio femminile
Canon 1024 est un abortif des vocations à la prêtrise des femmes
Canon 1024 é um abortivo de vocações para o sacerdócio feminino
Canon 1024 ist ein Abtreibungs der weiblichen Berufungen zum Priestertum
Canon 1024 jest poronne kobiet powolan do kaplanstwa

COLLOQUIUM 2 - On the authority of the Church to ordain women

CCC 1598 - The exclusively male priesthood is a choice (first sentence), and the Church has authority to make the choice (second sentence)

CCC 1598 - El sacerdocio exclusivamente masculino es una opción (primera oración), y la Iglesia tiene autoridad para escoger esa opción (segunda oración)

CCC 1598 - Il sacerdozio esclusivamente maschile è una scelta (primo periodo), e la Chiesa ha il potere di fare la scelta (secondo periodo)

CCC 1598 - Le sacerdoce exclusivement masculin est un choix (première phrase), et l'Eglise a le pouvoir de faire le choix (deuxième phrase)

CCC 1598 - O sacerdócio exclusivamente masculino é uma escolha (primeiro período), ea Igreja tem autoridade para fazer a escolha (segundo período)

CCC 1598 - Die ausschließlich männliche Priestertum ist eine Wahl (erster Satz), und die Kirche hat die Autorität, die Wahl (zweiter Satz) zu machen

CCC 1598 - Ekskluzywnie mezczyzna Kaplanstwo jest wyborem (pierwsze zdanie), a Kosciól ma wladze, aby dokonac wyboru (zdanie drugie)

COLLOQUIUM 3 - Eucharistic Communicators in Cali, Colombia


Source: Comunicadoras Eucarísticas, Cali, Colombia

Ordain these nuns!


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