ROBERT A. PESARCHICK, The Trinitarian Foundation of Human Sexuality as Revealed by Christ according to Hans Urs von Balthasar. The Revelatory Significance of the Male Christ and the Male Ministerial Priesthood
It was the conviction of the Swiss theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar (1905-1988) that the reservation of priestly ordination to men is intrinsically connected to the significance of the incarnation of Christ as a male. Von Balthasar was convinced that the incarnation of the eternal Son as male plays an intrinsic role in his economic mission. Not only did von Balthasar consider Christ's maleness essential to the aspect of Christ's mission to reveal the Father, but also that the meaning of his incarnation as male is related to the revelation of human sexual differentiation as an imago Trinitatis as well as the reservation of priestly ordination to men.
The present study is an attempt to understand the teaching of the Magisterium reserving priestly ordination to men by an exposition and analysis of the revelatory significance of the incarnation of Christ as male, and the relation of his maleness to priestly ordination according to the theology of von Balthasar. Within the complex theology of von Balthasar, one finds a valid theological attempt to make reasoned sense of a potentially problematic aspect of Church teaching by disclosing its connection to the central mysteries of the Christian faith, Christ and the Trinity.
ROBERT A. PESARCHICK, a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, was born in 1965 and ordained in 1991. He studied at St. Charles Seminary and at the Pontifical Gregorian University where he received a Doctorate in Theology in 2000. He is currently part of the Faculty of St. Charles Seminary, Overbrook-Philadelphia.
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