From Diogenes comes this story.
From Maryland comes yet another
while-you-weren’t-paying-attention story about Catholic priests who
just happen to be women. You don’t need to read it (by now you could
probably write it yourself), but the lede raises an interesting point:
Priest Andrea Johnson of Annapolis,
dressed in a white robe, the red swirls on her sash rippling like
water, lifts a goblet of wine to offer Holy Communion at the Stony Run
Friends meetinghouse in North Baltimore on Nov. 12. Behind her, Deacon
Gloria Carpeneto of Catonsville offers grape juice and gluten-free rice
cakes to those on restricted diets.
So we’ve got priests who aren’t priests offering food-stuffs that
couldn’t be consecrated even if they were. Here’s my question: does
there exist a woman priest or a supporter of women’s ordination who
would discountenance the Eucharistic use of rice cakes and grape juice
as invalid? Does anyone in fact maintain the Church is wrong about
valid matter in the one instance and right about it in the other? If
so, it would be interesting to hear the arguments for the Church’s
authority in the case where she’s got it right.
Just more evidence that those who
dissent on women’s ordination have more on their plate than just this
one issue. It is never the case that they are fully with the
Church on everything except just this one item. Though of
course their theological idea of authority isn’t exactly very strong
and when you ask them about final authority they just look into the mirror of their makeup compact for it. But then again when you are
your own authority obedience becomes quite easy.
I wonder if they sang “I am the Rice
Cakes of life” for the communion hymn?