Two women priests miss their appointment with Archbishop Burke. You have to love the Catholic blogosphere’s reaction. I suppose most bloggers are just frustrated they can’t catch their bishop’s ear, and here these women get invited to a meeting. But they turn him down.
It’s probably a good indication that sexism and misogyny have infiltrated the so-called orthodox position when they can’t keep their typing fingers from lobbing crude insults:
the archdiocese failed to provide them with a large print edition of the (summons) … Weasels … These women are stooopid … they should ordain some better looking girls … Two bitter old birds … these creeps … wacky old broads … how come all these broads look like my grandfather? …
You get the idea.
Let’s face it: this isn’t the Middle Ages. The Church has virtually no power over schismatics, heretics, and other sinners. Heck, it can’t even get its own bishops to toe the line on a sense of sin. Remember all the bellyachin’ about JPII’s mea culpa?
Archbishop Burke and any other bishop can issue demands, threats, and excommunications. It’s not going to change the behavior of these newly ordained women.
The blogotariat can call them all sorts of names–like it really helps their cause to be cracking jokes about how attractive women are or aren’t, or how old they are. Without addressing these hard(-core) Catholics directly, I think this ordination has once again shown how deeply rattled religious conservatism is. They can’t escape being crude, sexist, misogynist, or any other dark quality, it seems. They wonder why the secular press continues to turn this into news. They only have to look in the mirror. Anger sells almost as much as sex.
If this really were trivial in light of traditional Catholic teaching on ordination, why are the comment threads so long on something so obvious?