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Friday, February 22, 2013

“Deacon-esses”? Really? :(

From Pray Tell ...

Cardinal Kasper Calls for Creation of New Office of “Deaconess”

Cardinal Walter Kasper suggested a new “diaconal” office for women at the recent spring assembly of the German bishops’ conference, German media are reporting. His proposal is for a “community deaconess” who would carry out pastoral, charitable, catechetic, and specific liturgical roles. This would be distinct from the office of male deacons, to be commissioned by a blessing rather than sacramental ordination ...

After Kasper's remarks on his visit to the UK and his talk meant to doom women bishops given to the Church of England, I wouldn't expect much from him, but surely even he must realize this separate and unequal booby prize will not satisfy.


Blogger William D. Lindsey said...

Crystal, that's a great phrase for what Kasper is proposing: a "separate and unequal booby prize." Sums up the absurdity of it very nicely!

6:15 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi William,

Thanks for the comment.

I probably shouldn't write posts late at night because I'm usually low on patience by then, but when I saw the word "deaconess" it reminded me of the conservatives who always refer to women (Anglican) priests as "priestesses" - it reeks of contempt, at least to me.

12:29 PM  
Anonymous Victor said...

(((priests as "priestesses")))

Hey Victor that's not fair cause we alien gods have been around a LOT longer then these What Eve her, I mean whatever wo man and forgive U>S our tresspasses ass we forgive those who tresspass against U>S (usual sinners) and Victor ya know that Love believes everything butt what about our home if tomorrow never comes NOW?

Sinner vic! Just cause some people have really low standards does not mean that ya should not receive the love of the truth during Lent cause remember that there are a lot of "Diversity" in the world NOW?

Which "Diversity" is that Victor? "Die verse city" and/or are we talking about "Die verse sit HE" that I can't chair and which you spoke about but she has rules to follow just like must also follow because "IT" doesn't seem to fit for Satan who wants to get into God's psycho ex-angel girl friend NOW!

Be nice sinner vic! None of what ya say makes any sense in the real world and me, myself and i only pray that our soul doesn't believe any of "IT" NOW.

Go Figure! :)


2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who's going to sing U>s (usual sinners) back home NOW?

I hear ya! There's nothing wrong with Victor, "IT" is the rest of the world NOW!

Go figure! :)


3:12 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi Victor :)

3:32 PM  
Blogger chris the cynic said...

Hi, Victor sent me over here.

I made a comment in the place where Victor was doing the sending. Not on the actual topic but on the -ess/-esses suffix in general.

I'm not sure if it would be appropriate here (since it's about language not Cardinal Walter Kasper's proposal/actions), but on the other hand if you would be interested (no idea if you would) I don't want you to miss it.

So that post is here, go there if you think you'd be interested, don't if you think you wouldn't be.

And I guess that's all I have to say, beyond the fact that separate and unequal sucks.

8:39 AM  
Anonymous Victor said...

Hey Chris,

One good turn deserves another and I went to your site and read most of your last post.


11:57 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

Thanks, Chris. I read the comments over there - very interesting :)

1:39 PM  

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