By the way…

Clericalism also underlies the drive to ordain women. If you think that the only “real Catholic” is an ordained one, then you are going to talk as though the Church’s inability to ordain women is just a way to keep women “unequal” (as though the sacrament is a civil right). If you take seriously the reality that laity and clergy are already equal and that the ordained office is but one office among many in the Church, then your focus will be on serving God, not on the itch for “power”. The ordained office is not, in Christ’s intention, about power (meaning worldly power). It’s about gift and love and service. Those who turn it into a vehicle of worldly power, whether corrupt bishops and priests or lefties who habitually define *everything* in terms of power, betray it.