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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

How the Heterodox Greet the Pope

On Monday 14 April, I was having dinner at an Irish pub in Washington, DC with two Catholic priests, a Catholic high school teacher, a community leader in DC, and a Catholic blogger/author known as the "bane of feminist bloggers," when one of them noticed a message written on the side of a truck. I rushed over to the window with my camera, and took a picture of the truck and its message.

This is how it turned out:

Groups such as the so-called "Women's Ordination Conference" have sympathizers in the mainstream media. The Voice of America recently featured an "ordained" woman "priest" in a report that was filed only days before the Pope's arrival today in the United States.

Of course, it is impossible for the Catholic Church to give Holy Orders to women. Pope John Paul II tried to end the matter almost 15 years ago, but the persistence of feminist influence within the Church (and the active assistance of the media as shown in the example above) has meant that the issue continues to this day. But I have hope, given the age of the people attending "Mass" with the woman "priest" in the VOA report, and the orthodox "new faithful" of under-40 Catholics (to use a term coined by Colleen Carroll Campbell) who are the future of the Church, that the cause of "women's ordination" will ultimately be flung on the ash heap of history.