It is difficult for an atheist such as myself to get too worked up over the internecine squabbles of various religious sects. Universally, religions are nothing but skeletons from which hangs the greasy blubber of patriarchal ideology. Even when they’re not overtly oppressing women — although I’ve never met a religion that wasn’t — they’re spreading crazy rumors, clinging to outdated cultural identities, and dominating people. So it is with mixed feelings when I read that another edgy bunch of renegade Boston Catholics has ordained 3 women as priests, and that, predictably, the devout godliness of the faithful is so offended by this unholy insubordination that the “womenpriest” pretenders must be excommunicated.
On one hand, putting pointy hats on women exposes the misogyny of the mothership religion, and, as exposing misogyny is the life’s work of the spinster aunt, I have to give the renegades blaming points for that.
On the other hand, even if Catholicism were completely taken over by women, it would still be an instrument of ignorance and delusion, on accounta it’s a religion.
Overall, I declare it a wash.
I bore you with this tedious preamble merely to present you with this comment from a Boston Globe reader, who writes,
THE CONTESTED ordination of women to the Catholic priesthood presents an interesting dilemma to the Roman Catholic hierarchy which so far has declared the participants to be neither Catholic nor priests and the ordination and subsequent service invalid. Wouldn’t it be easier to simply declare the participants not women?
Now we’re cookin’ with gas! Everybody should be declared not women. It would solve everything.
Read Part 1 (it’s funnier).