I have just spent most of today travelling on busses. My journey to and from work took no less than 5 hours. But I do believe that the union's have to retain the right to strike and so offer my suffering for that purpose. Although the journey was more fascinating than it was frustrating. I saw the BNP protesting outside the courthouse as their rascist and fascist leader Nick Griffin ppeared before the court. Then, I saw the parade in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Blitz. This was at St Paul's cathedral and there was one of the WW2 fighter planes outside. I also got to ride on one of the old style busses. This was great as I saw that those old busses didn't try and sell you stuff when you looked in any direction. The new ones just seem to bombard a person with horrible adverts for abortion, STD clinics, abortion providers, IVF and sperm banks. But post-Christian society in Britain is a topic for another discussion. The old ones have no place for adverts and are more suited to enjoying the ride, which I did as we passed by Hyde Park. One advert that struck me on the way home was for Pope Benedict to ordain woman priests. I have inserted the picture below. I was a little taken aback, but it is not the first time in this month that I have been confronted by the question: "Why don't we ordain woman as Priests?"
There is a simple answer: we can't. The Catholic Church was not founded by men, but by Jesus. Jesus was a man and chose men to continue his work. The Church is simply not in a position to change the teaching of Jesus. For a more full discussion (from a woman too) I urge you to read "Why woman can't be priests" by Mary DeTurris.
The Church doesn't just make the rules up as She goes (yes, the Church is referred to always as She as She is the bride of Christ). If you are truly interested please read the document. The Church has not got a hidden agenda and truly loves woman, holding the example of Mary especially dear. Mary, we love you, pray for us. Men and women are equal yes, but we are different. It is irrational and untrue to claim otherwise. Those differences help us to better each other, to challenge each other, but most of all - to complement each other - this is especially displayed in the act of sex. A man and a woman, together, coming together in the image of God to create life (please refer to the creation narrative in Genesis, in the Hebrew it is easier to see that where it says God created "them" in his image, the "them" is plural. The man and woman together are the creative image of God).
Let us celebrate our different roles, and work to produce God's work more fully together. Let's trust that Jesus knew what He was doing and not let men mess it up by bowing to the ever changing modern "progressive" view, also known as PRIDE. The sin above all sins.