Sunday, July 30, 2006

This was going to be in my Anti-Prayer Blog

(The plot thickens.)

But it isn't any sort of prayer, cranky, blasphemous, or otherwise. Long story shortened:

Followed a link to Curt Jester through the Happy Catholic. Seems the Archdiocese of Boston was unwittingly harboring a mole: a woman who insisted she was an ordained priest.

I was quite interested in everyone's take on this, but I have finally dismissed this with my own. Follow the links back to their sources for the facts. Naturally because the Catholic Archdiocese tends to cover its functionary butt (and well they should in light of recent legal woes), the facts are not fully represented in almost any link. But I still have one question: Was the lady "ordained" by a Roman Catholic Bishop? I would bet my eyeteeth (with silver amalgam fillings) she was not.

The Curt Jester's site is informative and fun, but should not be taken too seriously. It's a blog, like this one, and full of conjecture and second-hand information. But the news is still there, the lady got everyones' alb in a twist.

Still, I cannot see how this is any different from a lot of apostasy stories. The lady considered herself a priest when she was not. She was "ordained" when she was not. Matter, manner, rite, rot or not. The lady was not ordained.

I personally believe there will come a time when women will be priests. Now is not that time. Like to see it during my lifetime, though.

If it is important to the Archdiocese that it's hirelings be orthodox, then they'd better tend their flocks a little more closely. Otherwise, the religion of their employees ought not to matter. Why shouldn't they hire a Jew or Muslim or whatever?

The bottom line: the lady was never a Roman Catholic Priest, duly ordained. She did, however, pass herself off as a Catholic in good standing in the Church. That was wrong.

If she wants to start her own religion, fine. Many have and many do, all the time. But not on our dime and our time.

Little Pond

Update: Okay, now I'm getting cranky. Why is this national news? Why didn't these ladies just go to the Episcopalian church? Rome recognizes the ordination of Episcopal priests. Perhaps being ousted by Catholiscism is getting them the publicity they crave. If the lady truly wanted to "push to boundaries" and improve her beloved religion, then she should have stayed to finish the fight. I'm staying, and I'm fighting. I want to be there for the ordination of the first female, or even the first married, priest. Nothing clandestine is going to accomplish that.


Sissy Willis said...

Religious squabbles make my toes curl.

tom said...

Yup. They're dangerous. People get mad when religion is discussed. The friend who sang at our wedding broke off with us when we wouldn't join her church.

But there is no more important issue than God, and religion is a close second. While -my- toes curl at the idea of an "anti-prayer" blog, I am very supportive of Pat for letting us see it.

pb said...

Thanks, Bro. Our family alone has become a UN of various religions, both East and West.

And a number of simply unchurched and not a few agnostics.

Religion becomes an interesting topic, but not a cause for war in our family.

While God is of the utmost importance, obviously, family trumps religion. Hands down, every time.