To Church, women are ‘second-class’

What can women do? They can be mothers, wives, friends and confidants. They can run for president of the United States, and can lead many governments in the world.

They can be the CEO of large companies, or teachers, doctors, lawyers, leaders of religious groups. They can be parish administrators, distributors of Communion, ushers and serve on committees and commissions on the local and national levels. They can be priests and bishops in some Christian communities. They can be the leading authors of Christian inspirational books, such as Joyce Meyer, Kay Arthur and Beth Moore. They can serve on the social committees, knit prayer shawls for sick friends, or make sure the Ash Wednesday soup supper is held. They can also be the saints of the Church, like Julian, or Therese of Lisieux. Women can do anything!

There is one role women cannot have, according to the 12th century rules of the Roman Church. They cannot be priests. They are therefore second-class citizens in the eyes of the Church. The ordination of women has been likened to the abuse of young children or pedophilia. What a blow.

Jeff Knox

St. Thomas More Parish, Coralville

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