Whilst partaking of my Saturday morning ritual of prayer, coffee, and news, I ran across this interesting tidbit of commentary:
AKRES: ….I think the Catholic Church; the Roman Catholic Church is probably one of the last bastions of sexism. And so in whatever ways that can be rectified, I think there’s a growing resistance to the status quo today and a growing movement to suggest changes. Among those changes would surely be the option for women who feel so called to be ordained as priests. I think priesthood needs to be transformed and women could help do that. I think also women’s role as I said before decision makers, policy makers would be another way to go.
LUI: At the top, at the middle, everywhere is what you’re saying throughout the Catholic Church.
AKRES: Oh, absolutely. Absolutely.
When I think of Catholicism, I think of three things: Celibate male leadership, a tradition which has not changed in its 2,000-year history, and a rigid hierarchy which protects the beliefs it holds dear. Indeed, one of the many things which appeals to me about the Catholic faith is that the Church protects its beliefs so. I cannot for the life of me understand why someone who does not like any of that would continue to be a member of that faith.
Until a few months ago, I was a member of a Southern Baptist church. I overlooked the oddities with no basis in scripture (no drinking, no dancing, etc.) and went with it. All the while, listening to sermons proclaiming Biblical inerrancy and demanding removal from worship all the man-made constructs (you know, like all that weird stuff the Catholics, Methodists, Pentecostals, Presbyterians, and Jehovah’s Witnesses do). When I came to the realization that it was impossible for me to worship with such a body of believers, I left. I didn’t demand change, I didn’t make a scene. I just left. That’s how they want to worship and believe? Fine, that’s their choice. Just don’t force it on the rest of us.
For the life of me, I cannot understand why a woman like Ms. Akres remains a Catholic, let alone a nun. If you don’t like the way the Catholic Church operates, then leave. Don’t make a scene, don’t judge, just go. Find some fellow adherents of your worldview, start your own body of faith, and have at whatever interpretation of scripture you like.
Second-guessing the actions and thoughts of another, dangerous and incorrect as that may be, I can only assume that Ms. Akres is taking this route out of a mindset which has been shaped and formed by years of Catholic instruction. (I’m not criticizing, just stating the matter.) She knows that leaving would put her at odds with the Church, and likely believes doing so would place her outside of God’s grace. The answer? Change the Church so that it accepts her, instead of her having to change to accept the Church.
Forget what the rest of the body of believers desires. Nevermind the 2,000-year tradition which has held firm through the ages. All of that should change for a small percentage of believers who feel that the teachings are outdated and irrelevant. Mrs. Akres, if you don’t like Catholicism and can’t accept its faith and teachings, just leave.