Monday, January 9, 2017

"So Many Prelates, So Little Time" Celia Viggo Wexler is the author of Catholic Women Confront Their Church: Stories of Hurt and Hope.

"I continue to admire Pope Francis, but with reservations. 
Nothing has changed my opinion that he has a blind spot 
when it comes to women. 
True, he has convened a commission to consider 
ordaining women as deacons. That would give 
them more participation in the liturgy 
and allow them to preach at Mass.
But in the 21st century, when virtually no other
 profession is restricted to one gender, 
he’s insisted that the priesthood is and 
always will be for men only.
He says he’s for feminism, provided it doesn’t 
“demand uniformity” or “negate motherhood,” 
whatever that means.
Indeed, his regard for the maternal would qualify
 him for writing Hallmark cards. 
Recently he described us mothers as
 “testifying to tenderness” and praised us for our
 “unconditional selflessness.”
I’m all for motherhood, but motherhood

 doesn’t define us. 
That’s too limiting.
On other fronts - social justice, care for the
 environment, and his righteous anger at capitalist
 greed - I’ve admired him. What’s not to like about 
a man who washes the feet of prisoners, 
installs showers for the 
homeless in Vatican City and treats them to pizzas, 
and lives modestly, advising members of the 
clergy that they should do likewise?..."

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