I joined the discussion with a suggestion that all women read Pope John Paul II’s letter, MULIERIS DIGNITATEM and reminded them that both faithful Catholic women and faithful Catholic men are expected to offer humble obedience to the Magesterium. Most comments supported this sentiment. However, one was obviously not pleased.
To Catholic Mom
You are still brainwashed by the clergy. Please don't take us back to the dark ages. Woman should and eventually will have a more active role than cleaning the church. Woman make up most of the church and not many of us want to be rated as second class citizens in organized religion.
Well, that is interesting. Women barely made up twenty percent of my college and medical school classes. I entered the Air Force where I was even more of a minority. I was constantly doing battle against subtle and not-so-subtle sexual harassment and discrimination. I never hesitated to challenge authority in the name of fairness. So it is almost comical to think of myself characterized as a meek female brainwashed by a powerful male clergy.
More importantly, even a cursory reading of Mulieris Dignitatem will provide evidence of the high esteem in which the Church hold women. Women can be lectors, cantors, parish committee members, Diocesan office holders, as well as consecrated religious. They simply cannot be priests. Yet, somehow, those rabid for the ordination of women see this as relegation to second-class status.
This tells me they really do not understand the call to the priesthood. This is a call to humble subservience, not a call to power. I sometimes sense the same attitude among those who are angry that our parish does not use girls as altar servers. They want to see their daughter up there “performing” in front of the congregation. They do not recognize being an Altar Server as an act of service. There are many avenues of service open to the girls. Yet some parents are unhappy because these avenues are not so public.
Men and women are of unquestioningly equal dignity. They are not identical. Our roles in salvation history differ. God made us complementary to each other. The Church values us both equally. As individuals and especially as women, we must do the same.