Here is the sort of thing we are accustomed to learn from the National Catholic Fishwrap.
Priest advocates ordination of women, expects dismissal
by Tom Roberts on Nov. 19, 2010
It would be difficult to imagine, as things now stand in the church, a more civil disagreement (and inevitable parting of ways) than occurred recently in the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne when Fr. Greg Reynolds publicly endorsed ordination of women.
Reynolds says he was compelled by conscience to do so and [and this next part is one of the reasons why I think that the Fishwrap is actually supporting the priest…] even spared detractors the need to tattle when he mailed a copy of the homily to his archbishop. [If people report what the priest communicates in public, they are not “detractors”. If they report heresy to the bishop, they are not “tattling”.] What happens next is yet unknown (he gave the sermon two months ago) but Reynolds says he expects to be dismissed.
”I am convinced in my heart that it is God’s will that we should have women priests … I feel prompted by the Holy Spirit to share my position publicly, and yet very reluctantly,” the sermon said, according to a report on the Web site theage.com.au.
”I believe certain women are being called by God to the ministerial priesthood, [Get this… ] and our official church is obstructing the work of the Holy Spirit. I feel I can no longer sit back and remain silent.” [Fishwrap seems to delight in pieces that pit the “official Church” against the real, authentic, Spirit-guided church.]
He conceded that as ”an insignificant little parish priest” he lacked the profound theological training to contradict papal teaching, ”but some things you just know in your heart, in the core of your being”.
Isn’t that sweet? He just knows.
Maybe he can give us a sense of when the Cubs will win the World Series!