Monday, June 2, 2008

Catholic Doublethink

Aisha Taylor, executive director of the Women's Ordination Conference, issued the following statement about the Vatican's decree that ordained Roman Catholic women and the bishops who ordained them incur latae sententiae excommunication, which means excommunication that is immediate and self-imposed.

"The Women's Ordination Conference is outraged by yesterday’s Vatican decree, which reminds Catholic women once again of the animosity they face from the hierarchy, despite being the backbone of most Catholic parishes throughout the world."
Ugh, I just don't understand this stuff! I've talked about the cognitive dissonance inherent to religion before - how you have to hold two mutually exclusive beliefs to avoid hell in some cases.

If these women are catholic, then that means they believe the Vatican is an infallible source of knowledge that comes straight from God. If the Pope says it, then God wills it. It is official church doctrine that women are inferior to men. That's nothing new, but it has recently been reasserted. I'd like to know what right the Women's Ordination Conference thinks they have to argue with the Pope. This is not a religion that allows individual interpretation of the bible, this is a religion with a top-down authority. They don't even like people reading the bible without a priest present to tell them what it means.

I dunno, I don't have a lot to say about it I guess, except that I think they're stupid. If you don't like the way the Catholic church is run, then leave it. If you actually believe all that bullshit you wouldn't dare to question it anyways so you can't be very serious.

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