Let’s get some facts out here before I start: I’m a Catholic, and I’m a woman. Now let’s continue on.
I didn’t know this recently, but a woman in my diocese had excommunicated herself in 2008 when she became “ordained.” I read about several articles on the topic here. I was surprised to hear about our emeritus bishop’s reaction and the four priests who had supposedly supported her.
Anyways, I am in no way educated theologically enough to give opinions on that. But, I do have humble opinions on this matter and topic.
I’ll admit, I’m a former altar server, accompanist, and am involved with other activities at my parish. And most of the time, 75% of the volunteers are women. Which brings me to a thought? How are women being oppressed in the Catholic Church if they do so many ministries? The matter of women ordination seems more like an issue of pride to me.
So, here’s my take on it: I don’t think women should be ordained in the Roman Catholic Church. Honestly, it’ll never happen. But, I should say I’m not bothered by that at all.
In my everyday life, I hear of numerous people bringing up the fact that women still are not considered equality in today’s society, yet. I agree, the fact that women haven’t fully obtained equality is true. I dare to say I’m not a feminist, but I do believe in women equality.
But, becoming ordained is not something to be grasped by earthly hands with prideful fingers. I’ve seen stories where it seems as the problem lies in a person’s pride more than the actual idea of “equality for both men and women.” Many argue saying women are prohibited from fully serving the Church, but I disagree.
There’s various ways that I see women fulfill their want of serving their Church without the need of thinking they should be ordained. Women are now given many roles that were not given to us before, but it seems greedy that many are trying to take the sacred role of priesthood reserved for men. Men and women are both important in the ministries of the Church, although the roles are different, they are equal.
The majority of volunteers are women, and I’ve witnessed the importance of women in a parish. While I understand that some women state they want to do more by becoming ordained, I wonder why those women don’t accept that the priesthood was instituted by Christ for males.
I’m not bothered by this, or angered by this at all. I accept the roles I’ve been given, and more importantly, I see no particular reason as to why certain women have such a want to become ordained. I think there are other ministries that are equal, and they’d be able to serve the Church in those ways as well.
“Female altar servers might want to become priests,” this is something I’ve heard. But, maybe you’ve seen my blog post on my experience as an altar server, I wanted to reiterate that altar serving did not inspire any want to become a priest from me or other females that I knew. But, it is possible that is where certain women put their basis of their argument.
In conclusion, I see more pride in this issue than a problem about equality. If you have any other thoughts, please let me know, I’d be delighted to know your thoughts and response. Although I didn’t provide any theological aspects about it, there’s a great link talking about it found on catholic.com: http://www.catholic.com/tracts/women-and-the-priesthood