It isn’t often that I can give “Fr Z Kudos” to the Fishwrap’s Jamie Manson (openly lesbian activist, mentored by Sr. Margaret Farley, and darling of the LCWR).
In the wake of Pope Francis’ comments on the airplane about homosexuals and women and all sort of other things, over at the Fishwrap (aka The National Schismatic Reporter) Jamie came out with a piece entitled:
When does our hope for Francis become denial?
Jamie is upset with Francis. She likes him, but she’s losing hope for him. It seems he is not going to approve sexual relations between people of the same sex after all.
But wait, there’s more to be upset about.
Pope Francis’ words about women were spirit-breaking. The idea that we need a “deeper theology of women” is remarkable only because, for the past half-century, Catholic women theologians, many of them women religious, have been developing, writing and teaching a profound theology of women. Just because the hierarchy has not cared to read it doesn’t mean it doesn’t already exist. I shudder to think whom Francis would ask to formulate this “deeper theology.”
Jamie got it in one.
She sees that Francis thinks that the theology that Jamie’s sort of feminist “theologians” have produced is not profound at all.
Jamie is in pain, the pain felt by so many victims of injustice.
She is in even more pain because of Francis saying that women can’t be ordained! She writes:
As a woman who has discerned a calling to the priesthood for more than 20 years, Francis’ hiding behind John Paul II’s theology and claiming that the “door is closed” on the ordination issue was profoundly painful. Hearing these words, I felt the same kind of humiliation I would have experienced if a door had literally been slammed in my face.
Jamie Jamie Jamie… you think you’ve known pain? What about my pain?
I was thrown out of seminary twice…
… before I was ordained by the author of Ordinatio sacerdotalis.