Catholics do stoopid on a scale few other religions can match. This was most recently demonstrated in Fort Wayne when Jessica Hayes, 38 – ‘a beloved theology’ teacher at Bishop Dwenger High School – took Jesus Christ to be her
awful lawful wedded husband.
Jesus, who apparently had better things to do than attend this silly charade – was notably absent when Bishop Kevin C Rhoades, of St Vincent de Paul Parish, said in a homily:
God has called Jessica to be more closely united to Himself and to be dedicated to the service of the Church. It is God who gives the grace of virginity. He gave this grace to the young woman of Nazareth, to Mary, who was inspired by the Holy Spirit to choose the life of virginity. Mary made a personal decision in faith to remain a virgin, to offer her heart to the Lord. She wanted to be His faithful bride.
Thus, Mary became the model for all those who have chosen to serve the Lord with an undivided heart in virginity. It seems most appropriate that Jessica gives herself totally to Jesus, is consecrated to a life of virginity, on a feast of Our Lady, who gave herself totally to God as the virgin handmaid of the Lord.
After much more gobbledegook, chanting, chicanery, humbug, blather and posturing by men in frocks, Hayes was asked:
To declare her resolution to persevere in the holy state of virginity as a bride of Christ, a witness to God’s love, and a sign of the kingdom of heaven.
She responded by saying:
Father, receive my resolution to follow Christ in a life of perfect chastity which, with God’s help, I here profess before you and God’s holy people.
Her weddings presents included a veil, a ring and book of the Liturgy of the Hours.
Sara Rasher wrote here:
Part of me … wonders if Hayes’ decision has to do with her own sexuality. It’s none of my business, of course, but the Church has never been comfortable with anything beyond the one-man, one-woman, in-marriage bond. I’m curious how many women who become ‘consecrated virgins’ would be in a same-sex relationship, or part of the growing asexual pride movement, if they weren’t tied to Catholicism.
That said, if publicly declaring her virginity makes Jessica Hayes happy, then that’s great for her. It’s just not a path I see other women, even Catholic ones, following.
There is one upside to this kind of marriage, though: If Hayes ever gets a divorce, it’s going to be the greatest celebration *ever*.
Ahead of her wedding, Mrs-Jesus-Christ-to-be said:
I will give my fiat at the hands of my bishop, allowing Christ to take possession of me in an entirely new way, as his bride. The rest of my life is transformed by this union that does not dissolve even in death; I will spend it growing in the knowledge and love of my Divine Spouse, who makes all things new.
Hayes is the only “consecrated virgin” living in Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. The last one in the area, Sister M Jane Carew, was consecrated on December 8, 1990. She snuffed it on on July 13, 2012.