Friday, January 25, 2008

Priestesses in the mist

The 'Citizen' doesn't have room for any stories about state interference with free speech, because they have to save room for things like this: 'The lost history of women as priests'.

According to the ever-so-daring-and-up-to-date theology professor Gary Macy from Santa Clara University in (where else?) California, there have always been women priests in the Catholic Church. We just sort of, er...misplaced them some time back in the 12th century. And now,
"The memory of ordained women has been nearly erased and, where it survived, it was dismissed as illusion or worse, delusion," he says in The Hidden History of Women's Ordination: Female Clergy in the Medieval West, published in November by Oxford University Press. "This is a history that has been deliberately forgotten, intentionally marginalized and not infrequently, creatively explained away."
Ah, yes. The lost loveliness of the female Camelot, fading away into the mist of legend. I can't wait for the documentary, which, like this book, will be heralded as audacious and new by those who didn't catch its out-of-town tryout oh, about a generation ago.

"Anything you can consecrate / I can consecrate better! / I can consecrate anything / Better than you!" It's like 'The Fantasticks' - the "Women CAN TOO Be Priests!' show just runs and runs.

Macy depends upon the short attention span of the modern Western ignoramus for plausibility for his far-fetched fantasy. People just assume that since it happened a long time ago, naturally nobody can really know anything. But considering how obsessively the Catholic Church collected and saved documents, it requires "Da Vinci Code"-level suspension of disbelief to argue that there's been such a thorough coverup that NOTHING, ANYWHERE can be found to prove his thesis, outside some hoary old Pope Joan legends.

But I'm a Catholic, so I'm naturally suspicious. How can I mistrust "The scholar, who is an active Catholic"? Gee, not even a "devout Catholic"? Every time I've read a new "groundbreaking" thesis by one of these discontented crackpots, they're ALWAYS described as "devout". (It's never said who awards these designations, by the way - I always assume they're self-styled.)
The more women were vilified, the more church leaders hated and feared them. "It may be just that once you stop marrying and you're running the church, you just don't have enough contact with women.

"You can make them into the enemy. If you're married, you just can't do that. You see your wife every day, you see your daughters."
"Two legs bad! Four legs (in a bed) good!"
Mr. Macy believes women should be ordained to the Catholic priesthood, and acknowledges this view has coloured his book. "How could it not?"

For now, he plans to go back to his usual area, studying the medieval history of the eucharist. In the meantime, he hopes his book sparks a discussion on female priests today.
Because God knows, nobody, anywhere has ever dared to utter a peep on the subject before now!

5 Comments:

Blogger Daniel Muller said...

Mr. Macy believes women should be ordained to the Catholic priesthood, and acknowledges this view has coloured his book. "How could it not?"

Oopsie. Mr. Macy's point was supposed to be that women are ordained to the priesthood. Even Miss Green cannot swallow this fantasy wholesale and at least write "women should be ordained to the ... priesthood once again."

these discontented crackpots, they're ALWAYS described as "devout". (It's never said who awards these designations, by the way - I always assume they're self-styled.)

Q: Would you describe yourself as a devout Catholic?

A: [shrugs] Sure.

Q: Greaaaaat!

he plans to go back to his usual area, studying the medieval history of the eucharist

Good luck with that. He does not even know whether the priest is a guy or a girl, and his keenly trained powers of research are going to tell us what s/he is doing?

8:44 pm  
Anonymous Antique said...

Yeah, well, uh...

Sorry 'bout California. We keep shaking the darn thing but it just won't fall off into the Pacific. I think that's because it sucks or something.

11:08 pm  
Blogger Dr. Mabuse said...

Ah well, California's always had a bit of a "reputation", but we all know that the university types are like strange mutant flowers grown in a sealed environment - not very representative of the average person. Unfortunately, they write books.

9:12 am  
Blogger Daniel Muller said...

Because God knows, nobody, anywhere has ever dared to utter a peep on the subject before now!

Truly, this is the topic of the undead.

1:08 pm  
Blogger Truth Unites... and Divides said...

I'm not a Catholic. But if I were, I'd be a conservative Catholic. And as a conservative Catholic, I would ask: Why doesn't the RCC formally discipline this liberal Catholic whose writings are sowing seeds of division and discord in the Catholic Church?

3:00 pm  

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