Honorable Mention: Ordain a Lady!

It does NOT get much better than this:

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From the Women’s Ordination Conference, working for the inclusion of women in the Catholic priesthood, this fantastic “Call Me Maybe” video … the best one yet?

Just a few of the lyrics as I jotted ’em down:

Hey, I was baptized / and this is crazy

But God just called me / so ordain a lady!

Justice doesn’t look right / with only male priests

But God just called me / so ordain a lady!

Hey, I was baptized / and this is crazy

But God just called me / so ordain a lady!

All the other churches / try to schmooze me

but I’m a Catholic / so ordain a lady!

And a bit from one of the verses:

My call is a fact / but some pope in a hat

closed discussion on that / and now he’s in my way

And the dancing women priests and Catholic schoolgirls have more here.

It’s cute, and clever, but it also reflects a serious theological point about God’s call:  it’s real, whether patriarchal institutions want it to be or not.  Beyond that, this movement is about women who want to remain Catholic AND live out their call to serve as priests.  Many women over the generations have had to make a choice between their call and their church.  The Women’s Ordination Conference points out that this is a choice that no one should have to make.


Author note:  ‘Honorable Mention’ is a recurring feature on this blog … a quick mention/shout-out to someone or something worth noting.



About Caryn Riswold

Caryn D. Riswold is a feminist theologian in the Lutheran tradition. She is Professor of Religion and also teaches Gender and Women’s Studies at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois, where she has worked for over a decade teaching undergraduates to think critically and creatively about religion. She earned her Ph.D. and Th.M. from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, holds a master’s degree from the Claremont School of Theology, and received her B.A. from Augustana College in her childhood hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.