The statement that change for women will never happen.
The Catholic family is the main focus in this segment.
I don’t remember her name, but let’s call her Mary. She was the wife of the man whose brother was a priest. Mary sat beside me.
Her parish would be surprised at the things that Mary said. She told me that she didn’t believe that God would create a devil and hell. She said that it was just was not consistent with a loving God. She said that she loves her children so much and that she knows that God has a greater capacity to love than she does. She thought that God would be more forgiving.
This is surprising. Particularly because of the statements that the Catholic church has made in recent years. In July 2007 they restated their belief when the Vatican reaffirmed that the Roman Catholic Church is the only path to salvation. I believe they said that others have an incomplete faith.
Then in July 2010, they made the statement that ordaining women priests was as grave a sin as pedophilia.
Mary was speaking her thoughts to me and I wondered as she spoke if she would say those words to another Catholic. I also wondered what else Mary was thinking.
The Vatican said that women’s ordination as priests was not up for discussion. I would have thought the devil and hell weren’t either, but here we were discussing it.
I am willing to concede something. I am willing to concede that the Vatican will never allow women to be ordained as priests.
What I am not willing to concede – is that women will be ordained as priests , coming out of the Catholic church. What they will begin to call themselves is as yet unknown.
The secrets in their hearts will become known, and in this way they will quickly bow with their faces touching the ground, worship God, and confess that God is truly among you. (1 Corinthians 14:25 GWT 1995)
Create in me a new song filled with hope, and rejoicing, and acknowledging that God is among us, and let us be a witness to all, sure of this knowledge.