Tuesday, July 08, 2003

Matriarchy in the Church

Yep. You read it right.

We assume the Roman Church is a "boys club" just because all the people "in charge" are men. But look again, at the day-to-day comings and goings of parish life. Most of those hanging around the rectory are women, and most of the priests are cowed at the sight of them. You call that being in charge?

But wait. There's more.

Watch what happens at Communion. Some middle-aged biddies are up there disseminating the Sacred Species into multiple vessels, a task obstensibly for the priest or deacon, who stands there stupified. The pastor of my hometown parish is just like that. What a pansy! (And yes, you can tell him I said that.) I could elaborate, but my parents would have a cow. They still have to get along with the big ninny.

Anastasius of Summa Contra Mundum elaborates on this phenomenon, and Dom Bettinelli proposes a solution.

(Note to Dom: It needs a website. Frassati dot com. Nice ring to it, eh?)

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