I just stumbled across an article that both angered and saddened me. The article? Fort Myers woman defies church to be ordained Roman Catholic priest.
First of all, the title is misleading, because she cannot be ordained a Roman Catholic priest, thus she is not one. It’s the authoritative teaching of the Catholic Church that women can’t be priests.
Here is my (hopefully charitable) quick response:
• It has nothing to do with justice or equality. Men and women were created differently. We were given different gifts that when used together, beautifully complement one another. Women can’t be priests, just as men can’t be nuns. One vocation is not superior to the other.
• Personally, as a woman, I feel 100% fulfilled in whatever my vocation may be. If I were to be called to religious life, I would feel 100% fulfilled in my capacity to serve the Church as a religious sister (and not to mention honored and humbled to be a bride of Christ).
• There is a peace that comes with obedience. St. Thérèse of Lisieux wrote that she felt in herself the vocation of a priest. But did St. Thérèse complain, spend her time mourning what she could not be, and defy her superiors? No—she spent her time loving, leaving a legacy that has made her a doctor of the Church. “At last I have found my vocation. In the heart of the Church, I will be Love!” –St. Thérèse of Lisieux, The Story of a Soul
• We are owed nothing. If people stopped trying to achieve what they think they deserve or is owed to them and humbly put their gifts and talents to real use, think of the good that could be done. Things like this create a distraction for the faithful. God owes us nothing; it is we who owe God.
UPDATE: The story I’ve linked to has since been taken down (or made private).
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