Tag: Holy Orders

The Issue of Women Deacons, Part 2

Part 1 of this essay explained the continuing controversy over whether the Catholic church should allow women to serve as deacons. Part 2 will consider how the centuries-old negative image of women has affected that controversy. As Semitic History...

The Issue of Women Deacons

The Catholic hierarchy’s recent uproar over the idea of women deacons seems as intense as their uproar over blessing gay relationships has been. I find that puzzling. After all, there is nothing about women deacons that suggests sinfulness, whereas...

The Wayback Machine

When meeting someone for the first time, I always enjoy trying to figure out where they are from. Sometimes, the mention of a favorite food will give them away. But more often, their dialect will. One website notes that there are more than twenty...

Pondering Holy Orders

In 1976, Pope Paul VI directed the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) to set forth and expound the teaching of the Church on the matter that ordination be reserved to males. This was accomplished through the declaration Inter...

Kentucky Rain Keeps Pouring Down

Kentucky Rain Keeps Pouring Down

“Kentucky rain keeps pouring down And up ahead’s another town That I’ll go walking through With the rain in my shoes, Searchin for you In the cold Kentucky rain, In the cold Kentucky rain.” One week before Kentucky Derby...

On Ordination

Ordaining women as priests? There have been a lot of arguments both for and against this proposal from varying points of view, the more popular of them being politically based. I say politically based because they are constructed on grounds that...