Allowing his church to be used for a service marking the annual World Day
of Prayer for Women’s Ordination has gotten a Milwaukee priest in hot water
with the archbishop and attracted attention elsewhere in the country.
Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan was going to "address it with those concerned," said
archdiocesan spokesman Jerry Topczewski, who indicated that Dolan was not pleased.
But people at the national Women’s Ordination Conference were elated.
The March 25 prayer service at St. Matthias Church was the first one known
to have taken place in a Catholic church in the United States in the seven
years that the prayer services have been encouraged, said Erin Hanley, a conference
spokeswoman in Fairfax, Va.
…"It is a wonderfully pleasant surprise, and, actually,
what (the Milwaukee pastor) said in his quote is the same thing that I heard
in Cincinnati – we have been told that we cannot talk about the issue, but
no one has ever said we can’t pray about the issue," Hanley said.
That’s a way getting around getting around the letter of the
law worthy of a five year old. This is like telling you son to stop saying
what he is saying to his sister so he starts singing it instead.
..During the reflection she gave, she lifted a basket
and a chalice – which she said the people could not see were empty – and
said the words of consecration, "This
is my body, this is my blood." But she said she was not behind the altar
and "it was patently not a consecration."
An empty basket matches that empty symbolism and theology.