Another Irony of Clericalism…

The Pope’s letter Ordinatio Sacerdotalis, which made clear that the Church did not have competence from Christ to ordain women to the priestly office made something else clear: it is only the priestly office to which women cannot be ordained. This means that women are perfectly able to act in matters of governance (as any medieval abbess or Mother Superior could tell you). Because of this, I see no particular reason why we cannot have orthodox women as cardinals. (For those who don’t know, a cardinal is an elector of the Pope). The Church has, in the past, had lay cardinals, so I see no particular reason why a lay woman couldn’t be a cardinal. I think it would be just jolly to have Mary Ann Glendon, Alice Von Hildebrand and Amy Welborn as cardinals. But I bet that’s not the sort of progress Fr. McBrien would like to see.