Rocco over at Whispers comments on the unfortunate boating party in which anti-clerical women play dress-up in clerical garb, trying to join the hierarchy in order to preach that there should be no hierarchy. As far as that point goes, he's right about their theology coming from addled minds. But then he tries to turn the tables:
It's days like this which are merely the symptoms of a cause. For all the talk and finesse, this whole fiasco just proves yet again that the bad fruits of clericalism and the perception of priesthood not as a means of selfless service, but the vehicle of power, prestige and social advancement remain alive, well and in our midst. (As if we didn't know this already, but still....)
For all the sadness and difficulty of this day, that's one thing you can't blame on the boating party.
I agree that there's a root cause back on shore, but it's not anything that the priests, bishops, cardinals or popes have done. It's who they are. If Rocco really knew his feminists, he would know that it's patriarchy they despise. They take issue with a two-sexed universe and their own place in it, which, as bride, is ordered towards completing the bridegroom in order to bear fruit of vast and diverse richness. (Note: whenever a woman attempts Holy Orders, she attempts a same-sex union -- which cannot bear life. This reflects marriage as Primordial Sacrament, which is unchangeable.)
When feminists say that clericalism is the enemy, they really mean that fatherhood is the enemy -- which is blasphemy. The roots are past hurts, wrongs, injustices, and injuries, which need to be forgiven, but one cannot excise vestiges of masculinity from the world in pursuit of a sloppy and sterile androgyny. Perhaps men have abused their authority (although women are not sin-free either) but the answer is not to "rage against the machine." To infiltrate an institution in order to sabotage it is dishonest and an abuse in itself -- just what they accuse "clericalism" of being. One cannot scramble God's order without chaos ensuing.
I will blame the boating party. They purport to bring Christ's message to the world, and yet conveniently forget where forgiveness fits in. These women are broken and confused, but Rocco's comments come up short as well. A sad day all around.
ADDED THOUGHT: In fact, Rocco demonstrates the classic guilt that men live with: "If women are upset, it must be our fault." (Interestingly, the men really at fault never think this, only decent men.) They then go on to prostrate and emasculate themselves and apologise for being men or for God arranging a patriarchy. Wrong and bad. Simply make small course corrections if necessary and keep going.
ADDED QUOTE: Just found this tidbit, proving my point:
Since Monday's ceremony in Pittsburgh, more than 40 Roman Catholic women now consider themselves ordained. After the first such ceremony on the Danube River in 2002, the rituals have been held on waterways to be outside the official jurisdiction of any particular Catholic bishop.
The ceremonies are conducted by women who consider themselves ordained as bishops, in some cases secretly by Roman Catholic male bishops.
"I hope the hierarchy will understand we are not trying to splinter off but reform the Church from within and really let the Spirit into the Roman Catholic Church, the last stronghold of patriarchy in the Western world,'' Nicolosi said.