I write in response to the letter by Tom Hill. Mine are thoughts from a practicing Catholic woman.
I’ve never felt “secondary and subservient” because of my inability to serve as a Catholic priest, as my husband doesn’t feel secondary because he cannot give birth for lack of a womb.
Hill says the church’s stance is “totally rejected by competent theologians,” yet he fails to mention any theologian.
Here’s a competent theologian. Pope John Paul II in his Apostolic letter, “Ordinatio Sacerdotalis,” said, “The fact that the blessed Virgin Mary, mother of God and mother of the church, received neither the mission proper to the apostles nor the ministerial priesthood clearly shows that the non-admission of women to priestly ordination cannot mean that women are of lesser dignity, nor can it be construed as discrimination against them. Rather, it is to be seen as the faithful observance of a plan to be ascribed to the wisdom of the lord of the universe.”
There is plenty of opportunity for women to serve within the church, highlighted by Hill’s point that “80 percent of ministry in the Catholic church is currently being held by women.”
Our priests stand in the place of Christ (a man) when consecrating the Eucharist into the body and blood of Jesus Christ, as he did at the last supper. This is not possible for me.
Hill should not speak for Catholic women. We are not mistreated by the church.