If you’re anything like me, you may need to sit down and watch this video before you read this post. It’s that important.
Great! You’re back. So, other than
a) the blatant misuse of St. Therese de Lisieux (who I imagine wouldn’t appreciate being used in this video);
b) the self-centeredness (“I can lead the way! Forget those Saints and that pope-in-a-hat”); and
c) the weird juxtaposition of a desire to be Catholic with an abhorrence of patriarchy (go be Episcopalian! Seriously!)
that video is hilarious. In a somewhat similar way, this Reuters (their logo is actually a toilet flushing) story is hilarious.
(Reuters) – “In an emotional ceremony filled with tears and applause, a 70-year-old Kentucky woman was ordained a priest on Saturday as part of a dissident group operating outside of official Roman Catholic Church authority.”
What. Was. That. That, my friends, is one doozy of a paragraph. Let’s see that again, in slow-motion:
“ In an emotional ceremony filled with tears and applause…”
I definitely don’t feel like Mr./Ms. Reuters here is trying to lead me by a leash into an emotional swamp of sappy emotions. Nope, no pre-bias here, folks…
“…a 70-year-old Kentucky woman…”
Actually, this particular line was fine, other than the fact that we’re being subverted by septuagenarian hillbillies. Something to think about.
“…was ordained a priest on Saturday…”
Okay, no. She wasn’t ordained a priest. You’ll see why in a second. But second of all, wouldn’t it be priestess? Don’t you want to emphasize the “feminine qualities” she’ll bring to the altar that the male priests can’t handle? I’ll offer you a deal: you can call her Catholic, as long as you call her priestess. Or priest-ish. Catholic priest-ish. Boom, nailed it.
“…as part of a dissident group operating outside of official Roman Catholic Church authority.”
And this is why she isn’t a Catholic priest. Or priestess. Every group that isn’t Catholic is definitionally a “group operating outside of official Roman Catholic Church authority.” And every group that is vocal in its disagreements with the Church could count as a dissident group,like anti-theists, for example. Now, if an anti-theist group ordained a woman a Catholic priestess, would it be news? Maybe, but only because the whole situation is patently absurd. Just as it is here. A group that isn’t Catholic pretended to make a woman priest today. Yippee ki-yay.
And if this wasn’t already ridiculous and insulting enough, the article goes on for another 650 words. Woo boy. You can read it here.
No, excommunication is not “a bullying stick” in any way. It means you are outside communion with God, and it’s your own fault. The Church doesn’t excommunicate. You excommunicate yourself and the Church announces it so true Catholics aren’t led astray. Yes, the Women Priests movement was started by an “Independent Catholic Bishop” (bonus points for anyone who figures out what that means (how anyone could be both outside the Church and still Catholic is beyond me)).
Honestly, the prevalence of the personal church (no one can come between me and God, I don’t need other churches’ rules, religion is all about how it feels, not what you do. Faith! Love! Good works? Eh, take ‘em or leave ‘em) really irks me (thanks, Enlightenment). It’s all born out of a self-centeredness that can only be described as “supreme.” A friend of my wife’s has written:
“Some people decide the Church’s teachings don’t coincide with how they feel, so they adopt personal spirituality rather than institutional teaching. I couldn’t do this… [A personal church] would consist of self-worship and accommodation. I need standards external to myself so I don’t create a God in the image of my desires.”
Can I get an “Amen”?
Now, in light of my new model of blogging, I don’t just want to ridicule and leave it at that. I want to give you guys something you can walk away with. So as far as it relates to this story, would you rather see an apologetical follow-up post on a defense of the all-male priesthood, a defense of excommunication, a raking over the coals of the media at-large in another attempt to show their blatant bias, something about how the post-Enlightenment age is killing Christianity in the West, or none of those, and just want another post calling out people attacking the Church?