Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Women Behaving Badly: Jesus & the Catholic Church love you; Come home!

--- A female student at Carnegie Mellon dressed up as the Pope from the waist up and naked from the waist down passed out condoms to other students at an annual art school parade. more at Creative Minority Report
--- Four militants, naked from the waist up, doused a Belgian bishop with water, displaying signs in English about 'homophobia.' (please click here to read the official Catholic position on homosexual activity)
--- A ex-Carmelite nun from Kentucky, 70 years old, disregarded the "Church's octogenarians' teachings" and was ordained by a woman bishop in a United Church of Christ building.  
--- The media is angry that Pope Francis is planning on reforming the LCWR as Pope Benedict wanted. This video is of the latest keynote speaker at their conference: Barbara Marx Hubbard. It does seem that if they welcome her, a non-Christian feminist, to lead their conference, they do want to "move beyond the Church and beyond Jesus."
I know that the people in the Catholic Church are imperfect. The Church is, after all, a hospital for sinners. These sinners even include the clergy. When I see Catholic women simulate ordinations, I feel sad because I believe they have been hurt by some kind of clericalism and want to regain some of the power that was taken from them or lorded over them. If they wanted to become clerics and were honest about how much of their theology conflicted with the Catholic Church's, they would study to become a Protestant pastor or even a Unitarian minister. 

Jesus was radical in His treatment of women. They studied with Him. They ate with Him. He touched them; Orthodox Jewish rabbis even in the present day will not touch a woman who is not his wife. 2,000 years ago, there were pagan priestesses. Jesus elevated women, but He did not make them apostles. This is the Catholic teaching. There are many non-Catholic denominations that do not agree. 

And it is naive to hope that the world would follow the Church's sexual teachings...but would it be so bad to wait until marriage? Did you know that 15 year olds can get the morning after pill over the counter now? Don't tell me that it will not benefit sex traffickers! Don't tell me that it will not benefit older 'boyfriends' who want to be free to have sex with young girls! What about the health risks? No one, beyond the Church actually, seems to care. The Church is filled with sinners, but the Church is LOVE. Jesus loves all His children; the Church teaches that Jesus does not love sexual acts outside of marriage between a man and a woman. Jesus was always merciful; He never told them to remain as they were. 

What do you think? Catholic readers, can you accept Church teachings? Everyone, which teaching of Jesus' is most meaningful to you?

11 comments:

  1. My biggest issue with 15 year olds being able to get the morning-after pill over the counter is that there are adults too stupid to take Tylenol correctly and end up in liver failure. If this happens to adults, how much worse is it to give 15 year olds (whose bodies are not done developing) access to a medication that has so many negative side effects?

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    1. so true...and as a mom, I am responsible for everything except this???

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  2. Yet parents have to give permission for their kids to take OTC medicines in the nurse's office!

    I've read some of the commentary through bigpulpit.com about the 2nd story. It's to my understanding these women (primarily from Eastern Europe countries previously under the Soviet Union) are from an organization that pays them to go out protesting as they are. After so many times, it will get old. These women may be getting all this attention but in the long run they aren't doing themselves any favors. Also, if they ever do, they will wonder why men don't want them other than as objects of cheap and quick gratification.

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    1. I love it. I think he needs to improve his English before he can hope to successfully scam an American audience.

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  4. "the Church teaches that Jesus does not love sexual acts outside of marriage between a man and a woman"

    And the Bible clearly teaches the same.

    Did you read this via Fr. Levi: http://thewayoutthere1.blogspot.com/2013/04/mother-forces-teenage-daughter-to.html ? Speechless.

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  6. "I feel sad because I believe they have been hurt by some kind of clericalism and want to regain some of the power that was taken from them or lorded over them." That's an interesting observation on the women seeking ordination. Despite their clear misunderstanding of Catholic theology, there is a hunger in them for the sacraments, in a twisted deformed sort of way. And, yes, a profound hurt which does need to be addressed. It makes me think of <a href="http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/pope-francis-and-the-reform-of-the-laity/>this piece about Pope Francis's remarks on the problem of clericalism.</a>

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