Today, the news broke, first in Britain and then here, that the RCC has issued strict new guideline...er "rules" allowing church leaders to excommunicate and even defrock priests who are guilty of abusing children, for the first time making it a quick and easy reaction, as opposed to past cases, where the cases had to go up the ladder on a case by case basis for resolution. Not bad, on the face of it, right?
But (and that's a BIG but), hold yer horses, pardner! There's more to come!
The other side of that coin is that the same document also created rules to the affect that the ordination of women is just as "grave" a "crime", meriting the same punishments - for both the woman AND the priest who ordained her!
Now, I ask you, what kind of moron equates elevating women to higher positions within an organization as being as great a "crime" as child abuse? Come on, it's bad enough to use the word "crime" in the same breath with ordination of women, but to label it as a "grave crime", is just beyond the pale.
Of course, now one can cue the jokes regarding the church moving bishops ordaining women around the country in 3..2..1...
No, not funny. Not funny at all. Taken together with the Republican Party's activist exploits against women and their reproductive rights, this is truly heralding a "war on women", for real, on the part of the far right wing. Make no mistake about it, if the right wing wins this election in November, you ladies are well and truly screwed, pants and all. You'll have to wait for a new generation to take over and backtrack all of this, one stupid law at a time. It'll take decades. In the meantime, women will die as a result of all of the misogynistic laws putting women's reproductive rights back hundreds of years. Look for further restrictions after that, ultimately resulting in all of you ladies losing your jobs and having to go back home.
Yep, even you unmarried ones. You'll have find some accommodating guy to marry who will hopefully be able to provide enough for you and your child to keep you (and him) off the streets. Good luck with that.
Read all about it, from Britain and from ABC News.
So, now, I only have one question to ask the Catholic women out there: What ever could there be that would keep you continuing to support this evil misogynistic, child abusing organization of out of touch men?
I really want to know. How can any woman, self-respecting, honest and smart, know this about the church you probably grew up with and still be able to donate money to it? How can you look your local priest in the eye while betraying what you know are values contrary to the values you were brought up with? Don't tell me that it is consistent with past teachings, you and I both know that a majority of Catholics in this country don't agree with this position of the church. We all know that bringing in women would solve - overnight - the problems the church has had with finding qualified priests, as well as repair relations with fully half of its membership!
Don't just read this and go back to Facebook to post - post it here first then copy of to Facebook. I'd like to get a conversation going on this. I am truly curious.