Target: His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, Leader of the Catholic Church
Goal: End centuries of discrimination by ordaining women in the Catholic Church
For centuries, the Catholic faith has maintained a sexist stance by refusing to ordain women, despite frequent protests. In today’s culture, women have been granted more rights then they have ever known in the past, and many are now standing up to the long-standing discrimination that has been oppressing women since the early ages. Not only do women face discrimination in the Church, but women who attempt to be ordained (as well as anyone who attempts to confer a sacred order on a woman) are excommunicated from the Church. Nevertheless, Catholic women are demanding ordination.
Women have fought long and hard for basic rights, and within the past century, they have gained voting rights, reproductive freedom, and increased equality in the workplace. Many religions, however, are stuck in the past and still refuse to grant women the same rights as men under the guise of traditionalism. Seemingly because the Catholic Church has always been sexist, it must still remain so.
Catholic men, too, are taking a stand against gender discrimination in the church, and Rev. Roy Bourgeois recently voiced his support for women’s ordination and offered an apology on behalf of the Church for barring women from priesthood for so long. “I really want to begin with an apology to all the women in the Catholic Church and also I think in society for taking so long to see this injustice. To see the root of our church’s teaching all about sexism.” Sadly, many Catholic churchgoers are indoctrinated from an early age and discouraged from questioning commonly held practices and policies in the church. “…I was asleep, I think, for many years and one of the many participating in what we call prejudice. I’ve come to see after much reflection that in life prejudice is our greatest enemy. We learn prejudice. And we can unlearn it,” the Reverend declared.
Jane Via of the Roman Catholic Womenpriests, a group that asserts a connection to the Catholic Church, has also spoken out against this injustice and points the finger at a small, yet influential, group of elderly Caucasian males seated comfortably in power from the Vatican. She hopes to spread the message of gender equality in Catholicism and has vowed to remain present in the Church for the sake of other women. “My personal attitudes about that are that I am intelligent, articulate, I’m well-educated and if every voice like mine leaves the Catholic Church there will be no one left to speak for women.”
Stand up for these women and help to end the inequality and sexism that has plagued the Catholic Church for too long. Catholic women have voiced their disapproval of sexism, and it is time that the Church turn from its prejudice and allow women to embrace their callings without prejudice and continual threats of excommunication.
The oppression of women in the Catholic Church is a cultural issue, not a Biblical one. For too long, the Church has prevented women who feel drawn to the Priesthood from fulfilling their callings. The rights you grant to men are withheld from women due to a few Biblical verses that you have manipulated to keep women oppressed and voiceless. This kind of behavior does not reflect the God you claim to follow, and women are beginning to protest because they feel the pain and discrimination that is continually piled on their heads.
Just because discrimination has been commonplace for many years does not mean that it should continue. Women of this faith deserve the same rights as their male counterparts, and many priests are beginning to understand that the Church has oppressed half the human race for far too long. Please put an end to this inequality and allow for the ordination of women.
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