SteveMemes: Ordain a Lady
Maybe you’ve seen the “Ordain a Lady” video on YouTube recently, and found yourself suddenly and involuntarily ejecting all liquid that was once in your mouth into a makeshift high-pressure stream which proceeded to slice your computer monitor in half. Amidst the wreckage you begin to type in a comment that says, “hilarious parody! Can’t believe you did that! You had me ROTFLM-A-E-I-O-U-AND-SOMETIMES-Y”. But as the video continues, you stop yourself before clicking “post” because you start to realize, “wait… is this for real?”
Or maybe you’re one of those who discovered the video after they disabled comments. In which case all you have to show for it is a monitor that is sliced clean in two, and the feeling of being confused as the dickens.
I share your confusion. And alongside this meme, I wanted to note a few interesting points of what they said, and the peculiar logical disconnect in how they said it.
Thérèse of Lisieux:
I love St. Thérèse. She’s so awesome. But she did not ultimately desire to be a priest. Getting carried away in hyperbole, as St. Thérèse sometimes did, she spoke of her desire to essentially be and do all things for Christ. Among this list she stated that if she were a priest she would act with great reverence and love in giving others the Eucharist, etc. She then submits herself fully and lovingly to the Church saying that even as St. Francis (who could have become a priest) was not a priest, she too would “willingly imitate him in refusing the honour of the priesthood”. (You can read more about this here). If St. Thérèse thought she truly had a calling, she wouldn’t “willingly” imitate St. Francis, but “begrudgingly”. I just can’t imagine how, being Carmelite, and having the vocation to pray for priests, St. Thérèse might feel about her name being dragged around to promote female ordination.
Don’t listen to St. Paul / Excommunication? I’m still glowing
Yeah sure, because if you want to receive a Sacrament that is based on and understood through Scripture and Tradition, then you go ahead and discount both Scripture and Tradition. This one just baffles me the most. I have to imagine that even the majority of women out there who struggle with male-only ordination would themselves find this reasoning laughable. It’s one thing to argue that maybe we’re misinterpreting Scripture, or that there could be loopholes in the Church’s teaching that leave female ordination as a possibility…. And while you’d still be wrong, at least this is a more intelligent argument than to cast aside the very things that give meaning to the priesthood. What you’re left with then is… well… just a title and a job I guess? In which case, you don’t need the Catholic Church to do that. You don’t need a calling to do that. Just go hop on board one of those other churches that are trying to “schmooze” you and it will be the same thing.
But God just called me, so ordain a lady
This one is less obvious, but I think it’s worth looking at. A calling has always been discerned through two sources: the individual and the Church. Take me for example. I am a Seminarian. I feel called to the priesthood. But the Church has to agree with me. Even though I’m currently petitioning for ordination to the Deaconate, the Bishop could write me back and say, “not yet”, or “not at all”. If that was the case, it would do me no good to post a video with a catchy tune to try and plead my cause. If the Church says, “no” to me, then I must accept. Just like in a marriage there are two partners, if you want to marry someone and the desire isn’t mutual, the reasonable course of action isn’t to try and tell that person that they’re simply wrong and need to “get with the times”. It may be hard, but you can’t force these things.
Where do you think the Church is going?
I may as well ask these ladies the same thing. If ignoring the Scriptures and Tradition of the Church are things which seem okay, I’d have to wonder what our Church would look like, and where it would be going if it gave up on the only two sources upon which we receive the teaching of Christ. We’d be left with only private revelation, in which each person would claim whatever he or she thinks God might be saying, which as we’ve already seen through people who follow only private revelations, leads only to far greater division and disagreement.
So I put the question to you, the reader: where do you think the Church is going? And what are your thoughts on female ordination and why?
Posted on January 17, 2013, in Catholic, meme, Priesthood, SteveMemes and tagged a, condascending, lady, ordain, ordination, parody, paul, Scripture, st. paul, Tradition, women's, wonka. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.