Archive for the 'Women and the Church' Category

The Bridegroom of the Church and Other Malicious and Misleading Metaphors

Friday, May 13th, 2005

In the flurry of media attention surrounding the death of one pope and the election of another, a Catholic theologian on “Meet the Press” was asked to explain the theological thinking barring the ordination of women in the Catholic church. He said that the ordination of women was not merely an issue of church doctrine — which, if it were, could be changed — the ordination of women was against the will of God, and therefore not open to discussion.
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Damsels in Distress, Murder Most Foul, and The Da Vinci Code

Wednesday, May 11th, 2005

Although I, like other readers, thoroughly enjoyed reading The Da Vinci Code, for me, the most fascinating and interesting thing about The Da Vinci Code is the phenomenal response to it — which shows that The Da Vinci Code is much more than just a fast-paced page turner. What is it about this novel that millions of readers find so compelling? What is it about this novel that the church finds so threatening and so dangerous that it has no less a personage than Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone up in arms, warning Catholics a little belatedly — not to read it and that shill for the church, Pat Buchanan, suggesting on MSNBC’s Scarborough Country that a fatwah should be issued against author Dan Brown?
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The Pope and I

Friday, April 8th, 2005

Back about twenty years ago, while I was doing my exercises before work and listening to NPR, I heard a report about a breakdown in communication between the pope and the archbishhop who was head of the Anglican church. It seems that these two eminences were planning a get-together to discuss the issue of women and the priesthood, when the pope cancelled the meeting. The pope then announced that it was against God’s will for women to be priests. Period. That Jesus Christ had been male, the apostles had been male, the apostolic succession had been from male to male down the centuries to him and that he was not going to be the one to break with tradition and allow a woman into the priesthood (giving her, I guess, a shot at the papacy, should she make it up through the Catholic hierarchy).

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Born in a Manger, Giving Birth in a Barn

Friday, April 8th, 2005

Although Easter has recently passed, it is Christmas I have been thinking about lately and the mother of that baby who was so famously “away in a manger.” I, like millions before me, have fallen under the enchantment of the cozy homeyness of the stable where Jesus was born, the soft golden light cast by a lantern or perhaps emanating from the Lord Jesus himself, the warmth of the animal bodies, the softness of their breath stirring the straw of the manger , caressing the baby lying within.
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