I’m not a Catholic woman, but Mrs. Lowe Down is, and she’s with me on this: The Church wouldn’t have nearly as many institutional problems if women had more of a leadership role in its governance.
One cardinal from Ghana or someplace was recently quoted as saying that the Devil was present in the church at this time, and that it needed someone young and strong to fight him. It seems to me that the Devil always has a field day when a few good old boys get together and pull up the ladder to the tree house behind them. For starters, egos run rampant and they immediately set about trying to arm-wrestle one another, figuratively speaking, to find out who’s top dog. Smart decisions are rarely made under these conditions.
Women would not only have a moderating, calming influence (nobody wants to look like a jackass in front of them), but they would also tend to keep the focus off testosterone and on achieving the stated goal, which is the selection of a leader with a steady hand who would safely navigate the vessel of Holy Mother Church through the turbulent waters of iniquity.
The argument has always been that Jesus surrounded Himself with men to be His disciples, therefore He must have felt that only men were worthy to carry on the mission of His church. I think the reasons for this were societal, and not because He wouldn’t have picked a woman had the mores of the time not been so restrictive. In those days, honorable women tended the home fires. The only kind of woman who could wander around with a bunch of unemployed men back then was a prostitute — shunned by polite society — and it’s significant that Jesus chose one of these to be among His entourage. Chances are she gave Him some wise advice about how to run His ministry while she was busy washing His feet. And then there’s the Virgin Mary, without whom there’d be no Church, no Vatican, nada.
Surely the time has come for Rome to consider entering the twentieth century, now that we’re already well into the twenty-first. The Holy Spirit doesn’t discriminate by gender. Why should Man?