According to the Catholic News Service, which I take to be authoritative on this issue, the Vatican is about to declare the attempted ordination of women as priests as one of the gravest crimes against the church:
Pope John Paul’s 2001 document distinguished between two types of “most grave crimes,” [“delicta graviora”] those committed in the celebration of the sacraments and those committed against morals. Among the sacramental crimes were such things as desecration of the Eucharist and violation of the seal of confession.
Under the new revisions, the “attempted ordination of women” will be listed among those crimes, as a serious violation of the sacrament of holy orders, informed sources said. As such, it will be handled under the procedures set up for investigating “delicta graviora” under the control of the doctrinal congregation.
In 2008, the doctrinal congregation formally decreed that a woman who attempts to be ordained a Catholic priest and the person attempting to ordain her are automatically excommunicated. In 1994, Pope John Paul said the church’s ban on women priests is definitive and not open to debate among Catholics.
Another crime within the the “delicta graviora” is sexual abuse of a minor by a priest.
Can the Catholic Church look more ridiculous than this? And are we still supposed to respect it?