Pope Benedict XVI spoke out recently against exploitation, discrimination and violence waged against the world’s women. He noted that women are discriminated against or undervalued in some places and cultures “just for the fact that they are women.”
Surely it is difficult to plumb the depth of irony in these papal sentiments. Anyone watching a Vatican gathering must first notice that all the participants are septuagarian celibate males. Is there another locale in the world where discrimination against women is more visible than at the Vatican?
With (refutable) claims that the ban against female ordination and leadership in the church is rooted in biology, scripture and tradition, Rome keeps women on the margins simply because they are women.
Pope Benedict’s noncompliance with his own directives must surely show the rest of the world that his words need not be taken at face value.
Do you agree that the leaderships of the Catholic church discriminates against women?
Is there anyone out there who can name a single woman who is in a leadership position in Rome? (There is nothing that I know that would prevent a woman becoming Pope.)
Do you think Catholic women will be licitly ordained priests in your life time?