02Aug Ten Reasons why men should not be ordained!

Top Ten Reasons Why Men Should Not Be Ordained

10. A man’s place is in the army.
9. For men who have children, their duties might distract them from the responsibilities of being a parent.
8. Their physical build indicates that men are more suited to tasks such as chopping down trees and wrestling mountain lions. It would be “unnatural” for them to do other forms of work.
7. Man was created before woman. It is therefore obvious that man was a prototype. Thus, they represent an experiment, rather than the crowning achievment of creation.
6. Men are too emotional to be priests or pastors. This is easily demonstrated by their conduct at football games and watching basketball tournaments.
5. Some men are handsome; they will distract women worshipers.
4. To be ordained pastor is to nurture the congregation. But this is not a traditional male role. Rather, throughout history, women have been considered to be not only more skilled than men at nurturing, but also more frequently attracted to it. This makes them the obvious choice for ordination.
3. Men are overly prone to violence. No really manly man wants to settle disputes by any means other than by fighting about it. Thus, they would be poor role models, as well as being dangerously unstable in positions of leadership.
2. Men can still be involved in church activities, even without being ordained. They can sweep paths, repair the church roof, and maybe even lead the singing on Father’s Day. By confining themselves to such traditional male roles, they can still be vitally important in the life of the Church.
1. In the New Testament account, the person who betrayed Jesus was a man. Thus, his lack of faith and ensuing punishment stands as a symbol of the subordinated position that all men should take.
See http://feminary.blogspot.ie/2005/11/top-ten-reasons-why-men-should-not-be.html

4 Responses

  1. Soline Humbert

    Just in time,Padraig, for the 4th August, feast day of St Jean-Marie Vianney, patron saint of priests…and my birthday (God has a delightful sense of humour!).
    An English friend has just sent me today a nice prayer card for vocations to the priesthood:
    “Come ,Holy Spirit,fill the hearts of your people and set them alight with the fire of your love.
    You strenghtened St John Vianney to persist in your call for him to serve your people. In the face of great obstacles,he overcame a missed education,rejected military service and,with unfailing faith in his calling,became a priest and a saint.
    Let all those you call to be a priest also persevere to overcome the difficulties and wait in joyful hope,as we learn to welcome the ministry of women and men,married and single,old and young.
    Inspire us with love for those who are different from us so that in Christ there will be neither Jew nor Greek,slave nor free, male nor female.
    Supported by the prayers of St John Vianney,may we serve each other and become your new creation.”

  2. Jim McCrea

    These 10 reasons are sound to my way of thinking. You go, gurls! You certainly can’t be any worse than way too many of the current ontologically altered.

  3. Eileen

    That’s really brilliant! And Happy Birthday, Soline.

  4. Soline Humbert

    Thank you Eileen.I always celebrate my birthday with St Claire of Assisi’s lovely prayer: “Blessed are you my God for having created me”.Her feast day is coming up on Saturday the 11th. There is a revealing story about her(represented in several paintings/frescoes): Pope Innocent IV came to visit Claire with some cardinals and they were going to break bread together. The Pope asked her to say a blessing over it, and as she did a cross miraculously appeared on the loaves…Professor Teresa Berger has interesting insights about this episode in her enlightening recent book:”Gender Differences And The Making Of Liturgical History : Lifting A Veil On Liturgical Past (2011)

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