From a readerette (as is):
I am a lady of an age group that never was allowed on the alter. I
always love to see the little server girls and so wish it had been
allowed in my day. I am a Eucharistic minister now and feel so happy to do that service to my Maker. Is the church going to prohibit women from the alter? Manyyoung priests seem to be baying for women to be purged from this service to God. It would grieve me greatly if the women of the church were refused the chance to touch the hem of Our Lords gown as he passes nearby. Surely Christ never refused any service the women of the church offered him? One only has to look at the stations of the cross to see women there all the way loving Christ and reaching out to touch Him and return His Love. I cant understand and it is never explained by any priests why women are to be treated so disrespectfully (the church always seeming to discount us) when
Christ Himself always dignified women. This is not about women priests its about treating women the way Christ treated them. Surely the church wont ban us from the alter?
To my ear, this note has the feeling of what in the talk-radio sphere is a seminar caller. I could be wrong. However, the points that are brought up are commonly heard and read.
1) Keep your response brief.
2) Do NOT … NOT… engage other people in the combox. Let everyone post his or her own response without worrying that everyone will get out their knives.
3) Think for a while before posting.
4) I am particularly interested in responses by priests.
5) Write as if you are responding to the woman, not responding to this entry. “Dear Ms. Jackson…” (“Jackson” is a generic name.)
6) Don’t be rude.
7) You can respond either way, in agreement or not.