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Letter from Rome: Catholic women still relegated to second class

Musings on the pope's 'motu proprio' on female readers and altar servers

Letter from Rome: Catholic women still relegated to second class

A laywoman reads at Mass in the Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican in February 2020. (Photo: Vatican News)

"Holy Mother Church, ever deepening her contemplation and understanding of the mysteries of human salvation over the long course of history, has always taught in various, though sometimes veiled ways, that the Blessed Virgin Mary, Holy Mother of God, was the first human being, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to make her Son and our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, really and truly present to those who would become His disciples, during His earthly life and throughout all ages until the end of time."

One day, in maybe 50 or 100 years from now, those words, or others similar to them but probably even lengthier, will be the preamble to the papal encyclical or conciliar document that will finally open the ordained priesthood to women.

Women's ordination is going to happen eventually because the Church has not been able to come up with a single convincing argument to justify its continued perpetuation of institutional and institutionalized misogyny, except to say, "We've always done it this way."

But when the Church finally rids itself of a sufficient number of clerics and clericalists who are defending the Church's relegation of women to second-class citizenship, there will be a pope or ecumenical council — probably with number of married bishops — who will have the courage and holy will to finally approve a female priesthood.

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