And the word has become man?

And the word has become man?

For Bishop Voderholzer of Regensburg, there is no doubt about the masculinity of Jesus. According to Voderholzer, there is no such thing as a "human being beyond and independent of sexual destiny"

Regensburg Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer has defended the assignment of priestly ordination to the male gender within the Catholic Church. With Jesus, the "incarnate presence of God" came into the world at Christmas, Voderholzer said in his sermon on Christmas Day in Regensburg. In addition, the biblical testimonies and the liturgy of the Church left no doubt "about the concrete humanity of Jesus as a male being.

In this context, the bishop rejected statements according to which the Creed does not say that the eternal Word of the Father has become man, but man. Here, he said, an attempt is being made "to play off the creed against church tradition" and to impose on it a view of man and human nature that goes beyond gender determination.

According to Voderholzer, such a separation of "abstract and supposedly unsexed or supersexed human nature and concrete existence tends to be gnostic". The evangelist of John had this in mind in his gospel with the strong formulation of becoming flesh.

Voderholzer: No reason to deviate from biblical "fact of creation

"There is no humanity beyond and independent of gender determination," the bishop stressed. Even today, there is no scientific reason to deviate from the biblically attested fact of creation that man exists either as a man or as a woman. All phenomena that led to an expansion of the number of possible genders originated from a preceding philosophical preliminary decision regarding anthropology, Voderholzer said. They could also be explained in another way.

At the same time, he said that the assignment of the office of ordination to the male gender cannot be settled on the level of creation theology or incarnation theology alone. It is also connected with the sacramental-theological question. The Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Churches amed that the representation of Christ, the head of the church, naturally included the male gender.

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