Some people seem to be getting their 'ologies mixed up:
That women give birth – biology
That men and women have constantly reevaluated their roles in society – sociology
That women can not be priests or bishops – theology
Simple, isn't it? Apparently not for some.....
We sometimes forget that we are already one (a very broken one) through our baptism with our separated brethren. A crisis in an ecclesial community knocks at the heart of our faith and will cause ripples throughout the Christian world. There are just too many Catholics who are itching to see women in the priesthood and anyone who contradicts this hasn't been near most provincial Catholic churches with congregations with an average age over 50.
Why Caravaggio’s painting of Judith slaying the pagan Holofernes keeps popping into my head at the moment isn’t quite clear. However, what it means to be a woman, and what it means to be loyal to the Kingdom of God, are slowly being revealed. For sure, it will be messy and we will be totally misunderstood. But the secular mindsets that are intent on imposing themselves upon the Church must be removed from the limbs that are muscling their way in and it may just be that it is the loyal, lay Catholic women who will do the business most effectively. For this to work we must be prayerful, feminine, attractive and brave and before we go rushing for our (metaphorical) swords, I feel now is the time to start acting more like St Colette who sorted out disunity amongst her Fransiscan brethren through silent prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.