Have you tried talking to people in your family, community or the Church? Have you engaged in dialog and listened to them? Have they seen how acutely their beliefs and actions have hurt you and others? If rejected, have you gone back? Have you showed them that you love them even with all their personal failings? Have you refused to relinquish ownership of your Church to ignorance and stood steadfast in your beliefs and convictions?
I have talked with countless people, including the ex-altar boy contemplating suicide with his loaded handgun, the old man with tears in his eyes relaying the story of trying to document and preserve the Native American language the mission school beat his father as a child for speaking, and too many victims of rape and incest and abortion to count, and I think that nothing is going to change regarding the ordination of women and the spiritual subordination of women in the name of God until people observe and document the real life tangible costs of the spiritual subordination of women on motherhood, family, community, and world.
Are we simply going to continue shaking our heads wondering how one of her sons ended up a burned out honors student while the other ended up a drug addict and refuse to take personal responsibility for having taught her from childhood that her sole ordained mission in life was to entirely sacrifice herself for her children and live out her own ambitions through them (irregardless of the fact their own interests, talents, and ambitions in life were different from her own?) Are we simply going to keep blaming the victims of abortion, disfunctional relationship, and failed and abusive marriage, and refuse to take personal responsibility for not having spiritually empowered our daughters from birth as children? Are we simply going to keep shaking our heads in wonder and amazement at how priests could ever end up as alcoholics and pedophiles in spite of all their education and training and not take personal responsibility for having made both gods and shadows of men? Are we going to continue defining the spirituality of women to be a function of their sexuality
and not expect rape or divorce or breast cancer or age or widowhood or childlessness to destroy women's sense of identity and self worth entirely?
Such are the real, tangible costs of the spiritual subordination of women.
The hierarchy officially and legally owns, controls, and disposes of the Church according to its will. The members of the Church are officially and legally guests of the hierachy in the Church, over which the membership has no real control nor authority. It is a monarchy, based on Roman law.
My arguments are not with family nor community and they do not involve hurt, rejection, nor personal failings on the part of anybody. My argument is not with the membership of the Church.
My arguments are on the absolute necessity of no longer teaching children that Roman law
defines and represents the teachings of Christ and the will of God on earth, because what we teach them today is the future they build tomorrow.
The Roman Catholic Church would cease to be Roman
if it ever ordains women. Its sense of self, its very sense of personal identity as a church and tradition is very deeply tied to being, looking, and behaving Roman.
It is literally the Roman Catholic Church: the Roman Universal Church.
I do stand steadfast in my convictions. I believe that people are entitled to be Romans and continue to teach their children to be Romans all they like, but I personally have hung up my toga.
woman who votes with feet