Ordination to the ministerial priesthood is reserved to men because the Church is bound to follow the example of the Lord, who chose only men as his Apostles. The sacrament of Holy Orders—which hands on their office of teaching, sanctifying, and governing—has always been reserved to men, in fidelity to Christ’s example and to apostolic practice. The Church considers this constant and universal tradition to be in accordance with God’s plan and to constitute a permanent norm.
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