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Tuesday, November 05, 2013

"You're tripping, man!" ...

... said the Vatican’s chief spokesman, Federico Lombardi, when asked about the possibility of women cardinals. OK, I'm paraphrasing: what he actually said was ...

The Vatican’s chief spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, did his best to stifle the speculation [about women cardinals], calling the notion “nonsense.” He added: “It is simply not a realistic possibility that the pope will name female cardinals for the consistory in February.” He conceded, however, that such a move was “theologically and theoretically” possible. “Being a cardinal is one of the roles in the church for which, in theory, one does not have to be ordained as a priest,” Lombardi said. “But to move from that point to suggesting the pope will name female cardinals for the consistory is not even remotely realistic.”

I've got a new book from the library and in the part I read last night, a counselor asked a client who was also a counselor ....

"What's the difference between anger and rage? .... What's anger?"

"An emotional cue that something is wrong, that we have been injured or mistreated, or that values we consider important are being challenged or disregarded."

He harrumphed. "I imagine you did very well on the essay portions of your exams ... Now tell me what rage is."

"A shame-based expression of anger," she said. "And a reaction to powerlessness."

Many people can't understand why some women are so angry/enraged about the way the church treats us. Perhaps it has to do with the shame of staying in a church that will probably never allow us to be fully human.


Anonymous Richard said...

An odd sort of denial. It would be a pretty bold move though, at least in that dusty hidebound world.

8:00 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

Yeah, David Gibson had earlier written a post about Francis possibly choosing women cardinals ... ...but I had no hope at all that it would happen, and really even if it did, it wouldn't be enough satisfy the people like me who think women should be allowed to have equal opportunities in the church. What Lombardi said just reinforced my belief that they have no intention of doing what I think of as the right thing.

10:54 AM  

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