Protests are planned throughout his four-day trip to England and Scotland, the first papal visit since John Paul II’s pastoral visit in 1982 and the first-ever official papal visit to Britain.
One group of women, Catholic Women’s Ordination (CWO), will have its message plastered on the side of the buses as they travel along key routes, including past Westminster Hall, at the Palace of Westminster, where the pope is set to deliver a speech to Britain’s civic society on September 17.
The group has paid 15,000 pounds ($23,130) for 15 buses to carry the message “Pope Benedict – Ordain Women Now!” for a month.
“We do not want to be disruptive, but I think the church has got to change or it will not survive,” CWO spokeswoman Pat Brown told Reuters.
“I am quite hopeful at the moment because I think the church is in disarray.” [Source]
Quick the Church is in disarray, let us take advantage of the situation to change dogma. Well I am sure the Arians felt the same way.
Actually I am quite concerned about this. We must protect the Pope from seeing such a bus sigs. Any exposure could lead him to deny the constant teaching of the Church and something infallibly defined by the ordinary magisterium. I mean the constant pressure of the very small amount of attempted women’s ordinations. Plus there are those protests by angry women on street corners with signs. I got to admit they really pulled out all the stops now springing for a bus advertising campaign. I mean how could you get more persuasive than a five-word slogan? Plus the rhetorical flourish of using the word “now” followed by an exclamation sign. Besides just because something is the will of Christ does not mean we should keep following it. If Jesus only knew about equality there would have been six women Apostles and his mother would have been one of them.
Update: Here is a funny parody on this subject from the always funny Alive and Young blog:
I think the organization should change its name to Catholic Ordination Womens Sufferage: COWS
It didn’t help any other denomination. How’s it going to help us? And what exactly makes this group want to stay within the Church anyway?
Yeah but, that Magdalene chick was almost an Apostle so….that must mean Our Lord wanted a “co-ed” priesthood.
I think the verbiage used in these quotes is of the same stamp which caused the flaky interpretation/implementation of VII documents leading to suppression of certain procedures within our sacramental rites. Paint a “Disarray” on the Church that is unique within its history and infer that traditional, archaic methods of quelling a crisis must be abandoned and change must be effected in a manner worthy of our modern, enlightened state or otherwise the Church will implode and die. Our Lord’s words stating that against Her the enemy will not prevail will be confirmed our courageous stand against tyranny. //sarcasm//
[confirmed -in- our]—Sorry!
The people who continually paint the Church as being in “disarray” seem to be the ones who are in disarray, and not the Church. They don’t seem to understand that men in only in the priesthood is not just dogma, it is what was established by Christ Himself, and as such, Pope Benedict XVI nor any Pope who serves after him can not change what Christ established.
There is not, and there never was on this earth, a work of human policy so well deserving of examination as the Roman Catholic Church. The history of that Church joins together the two great ages of human civilisation. No other institution is left standing which carries the mind back to the times when the smoke of sacrifice rose from the Pantheon, and when camelopards and tigers bounded in the Flavian amphitheatre. The proudest royal houses are but of yesterday, when compared with the line of the Supreme Pontiffs. That line we trace back in an unbroken series, from the Pope who crowned Napoleon in the nineteenth century to the Pope who crowned Pepin in the eighth; and far beyond the time of Pepin the august dynasty extends, till it is lost in the twilight of fable. The republic of Venice came next in antiquity. But the republic of Venice was modern when compared with the Papacy; and the republic of Venice is gone, and the Papacy remains. The Papacy remains, not in decay, not a mere antique, but full of life and youthful vigour. The Catholic Church is still sending forth to the farthest ends of the world missionaries as zealous as those who landed in Kent with Augustin, and still confronting hostile kings with the same spirit with which she confronted Attila. The number of her children is greater than in any former age. Her acquisitions in the New World have more than compensated for what she has lost in the Old. Her spiritual ascendency extends over the vast countries which lie between the plains of the Missouri and Cape Horn, countries which a century hence, may not improbably contain a population as large as that which now inhabits Europe. The members of her communion are certainly not fewer than a hundred and fifty millions; and it will be difficult to show that all other Christian sects united amount to a hundred and twenty millions. Nor do we see any sign which indicates that the term of her long dominion is approaching. She saw the commencement of all the governments and of all the ecclesiastical establishments that now exist in the world; and we feel no assurance that she is not destined to see the end of them all. She was great and respected before the Saxon had set foot on Britain, before the Frank had passed the Rhine, when Grecian eloquence still flourished at Antioch, when idols were still worshipped in the temple of Mecca. And she may still exist in undiminished vigour when some traveller from New Zealand shall, in the midst of a vast solitude, take his stand on a broken arch of London Bridge to sketch the ruins of St. Paul’s.
Thomas Babbington Macaulay
Wouldn’t that money have been better spent on giving to the poor instead of wasting it on costly perfume?
Fr. Schnippel, I was going to make a similar remark. 😉 They could buy a worthy set of vestments and sacred vessels…
I’m delighted with this initiative: I’m delighted that they’re wasting their money.
Really Lady’s! Catholic Women’s Ordination (CWO) in this case should be called Christ Working Overtime.
Adam where ever you are please talk to some of your spiritual rib cells cause JESUS can lead woman to HIS WATER but HE can’t make them drink . Go Figure!
I hear ya Wo man! And while you’re at “IT” Adam ask God our Creator to send U>S a replacement cause we woman want to be delivered from Adam!
OK Ladies, I’ll sent you my ONLY BEGOTTEN SON and I’m sure that most of your cells will listen to HIM.
Must get Fr Pat Brennan to do us some bus comments!
The Episcopal/Anglican church ordains women. I suggest you head their way, from what I hear they’re in desperate need of members.
I agree somewhat with Amy. You should support a church that supports your ideals. The Episcopal church especially has a polity most Americans would recognize founded as it was in the crucible of the revolution. It is ironic that the Roman Catholic Church which so reveres Mary to the point that her position of Coredemptrix is being seriously considered cannot see beyond its gender role formulations to permit women as candidates for the priesthood. As in Ireland where the Church of Ireland is expanding from those retreating from the Roman Catholic Church, there may indeed be a realignment in store for the churches which are all desparately in need of souls.
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