Adrienne BoettingerFriday,13 September 2013

The Snap:

I like the new Pope. He’s definitely a warmer and more modern-ish Pontiff than the one before him. He kisses a lot of babies. He calls people to cheer them up. He’s even going to start driving a used car around the Vatican grounds. He’s said some of the least hateful things about homosexuality of any Pope in modern memory. He’s humble, seems to eschew the trappings of the Vatican and seeks out opportunities to help the poor. Rumor is circulating that he may even be open to married men being ordained priests. But sadly, when it comes to women priests he remains as sexist as those that have gone before him.

The Download:

Archbishop Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s new Secretary of State, has let it slip that the Vatican may be rethinking its centuries-old ruling on married men being allowed to become priests. Indeed, all indications have been that the Roman Catholic Church has been headed in this direction for a while. Many Catholics welcome this as a sign the Church is reforming and modernizing to become a more relevant force in today’s modern society.

But still, women still seem to be considered “less than” in the eyes of the Vatican.

Oh, sure, the Church will go on and on about how great Mary (aka the BVM as Catholic children were taught to refer to the Blessed Virgin Mary – a moniker I once thought was actually BMW) is but the Vatican will go so far as to excommunicate men who have served the Church for 40+ years because they stand up for the right of women to be counted. In the past 10 years, a few hundred women have been ordained as priests but they are not recognized as such by the Church and the Church “prays that they will return to the faith.”

The main argument is that it’s against Church law. Well, Church laws and how they are observed have changed in many ways since the Church was founded. Some say that women can’t be priests because Jesus only had male disciples and that the Bible doesn’t say that women can be priests. As I’ve said before, the Bible said some pretty awful things about slavery and other less than savory issues and we thankfully no longer live by those words. Galatians 3:28 says, “Nor is there male or female, for you all are one in Christ Jesus.” (Just because it’s been a few weeks since I’ve quoted the West Wing, check out Prez Bartlet here schooling Bible literalists).

As for Jesus not having women disciples, I say that Jesus’ main teaching was about love; sexism, racism, ageism, ethnocentrism or any of those awful “isms” have nothing to do with love.


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