Women in the priesthood
Letter to the Editor | Thursday, February 12, 2009
Acknowledging the gifts of women is not the same as respecting women. You can call us “God’s masterpiece,” graciously allow us to be theologians, and wax poetic about our ability to conceive and give birth, yet until women are allowed to stand on altars as priests, it will remain doubtful as to whether the Church really respects women.
Additionally, if we’re going to remain truly committed to the gender roles indicated in the Bible, then some adjustments will need to be made in the celebration of Easter. All four Gospels state that women were the first to encounter the risen Jesus, and were then instructed to tell the men of the Resurrection; women were then the first Christian preachers of the Resurrection. In keeping with this tradition, women should lead Easter services while men hide behind locked doors.