"It has no sting for me,'"said Smead, a petite, gray-haired former Carmelite nun with a ready hug for strangers, [commenting on the possibility of ex-communication.] "It is a Medieval bullying stick the bishops used to keep control over people and to keep the voices of women silent. I am way beyond letting octogenarian men tell us how to live our lives. "
In a statement last week, Louisville Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz called the planned ceremony by the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests a 'simulated ordination' in opposition to Catholic teaching.
"The simulation of a sacrament carries very serious penal sanctions in Church law, and Catholics should not support or participate in Saturday's event,'" Kurtz said.I am sure that the men and women participating in this act enjoyed profoundly pleasing emotions. Many wept, as the article says. Many felt affirmed in being among such a heartfelt crowd taking a stand for freedom against the "octogenarian men [who] tell us how to live our lives."
The problem is, this was not an authentic Catholic ordination, and the sacrament of orders was not conferred upon this no-doubt well-meaning woman. If the teaching authority of the Church, codified in canon law, means nothing, then the Catholic Church is founded not on the blood and water that poured forth from the side of Jesus Christ as He finished His work of redemption, but on emotion and popular sentiment.
I was chastised recently by a fellow Catholic for arguing a point of conflict using reason and language instead of listening to my heart and hers. But language and reason is how we communicate to one another the ineffable contents of our hearts. I will choose reason over emotion any time truth is the question at hand.