Sunday, May 04, 2014

Quote of the Day

Papa Francesco recently Tweeted some good words: “Inequality is the root of all social evil.” The Pope has said a lot for economic parity and against futile materialism and power-grubbing, which is all refreshing. But what about the Church’s own flagrant inequality? How does this organization maintain a sovereign city-state and get special status at the UN while publicly denying humans any leadership (priesthood and up) roles based on sex?

There’s still a lot to be said for primate displays (big hats and sticks), dazzling pageants and “we’re number one” bluster, apparently. But maybe while you’re on the Internet, Your Holiness, you could take a moment to Google “equality” and see what comes up.

– Mary Valle
"Inequality Is Only Inequality When We Say It Is"
Killing the Buddha
May 4, 2014

Related Off-site Links:
The Trouble with Francis: Three Things That Worry Me – Mary E. Hunt (Religion Dispatches, January 6, 2014).
End Marginalization in the Catholic Church – Roy Bourgeois (The Washington Post via The Progressive Catholic Voice, September 17, 2013).
St. Mary Magdalene: How the Apostle to the Apostles Subverts Patriarchy – Meghan Clark (Millennial, July 22, 2013).
Roman Catholic Womenpriests: Differing PerspectivesThe Progressive Catholic Voice (February 28, 2011).

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Colleen Kochivar-Baker on the First Anniversary of the Papacy of Francis
Fr. Roy Bourgeois: "We Need Women Priests in Our Church For It to Be Healthy and Complete"
Revealing a Hidden History

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