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Sunday, April 24, 2005

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Excellent post - your research has benefited me tremendously!! I haven't had any difficulty accepted the Catholic stance on ordination, but I also haven't had an appropriate response. Your posts on the subject are getting better and better - please keep it up! I'll keep directing readers this way too, I think it's something more women need to read and understand, even if just to answer critics when they come.

The "power" thing is what's always bothered me about the ordination groups. I mean, if I heard a guy saying he wanted to be a priest because he wanted power, I'd say at the least that maybe he wasn't *quite* ready for seminary yet. I'm guessing that considering the duties of the average priest, though, that "power" looks considerably diminished from the inside.

Well said!

I've always struggled with women fighting for ordination too -- I've felt like if they are fighting to become priests, then perhaps they don't understand what the priesthood is about. Again, you've said it all so eloquently. Thanks!

I am not Catholic, but I really agree with you on this. So perfectly said. I also really want to applaud what your father taught you. Not many are taught that and it is a shame. Pure Shame.

We, as women, have a noble calling...MOTHER and Womanhood. We bring children into the world. We teach, guide and mold these precious gifts into the leaders of the world. Far greater of a calling and gift than to be ordained. Many in my church also complain about not being ordained to the Priesthood. They are too busy complaining than realizing their full potential.

Thanks so much. I have learned quite a bit about the Catholic church from your posts.

Power does not equal value. It would certainly serve me well to remember that in all areas of my life, not just with regard to the ordination (or not) of women.

What gives women value is that they were created with the imago Dei. That alone elevates them to an incredible level add to that the way Jesus loved and honored women during his earthly ministry and you have an astounding combination.

As we focus on these two ideas, others matters seems to fall away into insignificance.

PS.
Let me recommend some of the writings of Elisabeth Elliot, Let Me Be a Woman, The Liberty of Obedience, Quest for Love: True Stories of Passion and Purity

Once again, you hit the nail on the head.

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