Feminist Catholics Want Church to ‘Ordain a Lady’

The Catholic Church doesn’t allow women to become priests. Because I guess the Bible and vaginas don’t mix. So hats off to the Women’s Ordination Conference for pushing for gender equality within the Church with this video:

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!

I mean… yes, it’s painful to watch and your ears might bleed a little, but they get a B+ for effort.

Marc Barnes at Bad Catholic doesn’t like the video — or the premise — and tries to justify why women have no business leading the Church:

How did the Father “send” Christ? We’ve already established that he was sent as the divine bridegroom. Thus the priests, sent as Christ, are also sent as the bridegroom. The priest is a man, as Christ was a man, as a bridegroom is always a man. These realities are neither accidents nor bigotries, but the consistent expression of God’s will for His Holy Church. To have a female priest is less akin to the entirely true statement that “women are as good as men” and far more akin to the statement that “women have penises”. The role of bridegroom is not something that can be separated from maleness, just as the role of bride cannot be separated from femaleness, and thus the priest — insofar as he participates in the very role of the Divine Bridegroom, Jesus Christ — must be male.

See? It… um… makes perfect sense. Men and women have “roles” and the role of women is just different from that of men… there’s nothing at all sexist about the fact that women can never be the Pope or even a local priest because, you know, childbirth. Something like that.

I’m not really upset with Marc. He’s just reading the rule book and explaining how the game works. My argument is that the game is flawed to begin with and women would be better off playing something else. Or nothing at all. (I swear this analogy made sense in my head.)

You might want to skip the comment thread on his site or YouTube, though. It’s just a lot of joking about how the video must be a parody because who are these silly women who think they can do a man’s job when the Bible explicitly says they can’t? And why don’t they just accept Catholic doctrine the way it is instead of trying to change it to suit their needs?

It’s infuriating, but I have to side with a lot of the commenters. According to Catholic doctrine, women can’t be priests and Catholics just have to accept that. If you don’t like it, you shouldn’t be a member of the Church.

Honestly, the Church is doing women a favor by treating them as inferiors — Sorry, I meant “treating them as different and complementary to men.”

Women should respond by getting the hell out of there and finding a church (or not) that tells them, yes, there may be differences between men and women, but the ability to be a leader isn’t one of them.

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