so divinely diverse

By Diogenes (articles ) | May 21, 2007

An OTR reader sends me this video link from Roman Catholic Womenpriests. It purports to be a plug for the organization portrayed, though I'm not entirely free of the suspicion that it was rigged up by unfriendly pranksters: it might have been specially designed to repel all boarders.

The tone is that of a mildly annoyed Second Grade teacher, fists on hips, addressing an exceptionally dense pupil, SLOW - LY - RE - PEAT - ING the reasons he should feel grateful for her lessons.

"We emphasize," says our schoolmarm, "mutuality and reciprocity." Well, maybe. But she could hardly communicate more forcefully the sense that she's open to reciprocity on her terms, and her terms only. It's probably not a coincidence that all the second graders pictured seem to be in their late 60s, and the Y chromosome does not appear to be much in evidence. Were you to stand outside any number of ordinary, patriarchal, intolerant, exclusivist Catholic churches and size up the parishioners leaving Mass, could you possibly find an assembly that was more homogeneous than WomenChurch?

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  • Posted by: - May. 23, 2007 7:46 PM ET USA

    You must all be prejudiced and oh-so-2006. In ECUSA they enjoy priestesses, bishopesses, and a presiding bishopess. Get with it.

  • Posted by: - May. 22, 2007 4:16 PM ET USA

    If they called themselves "priestesses" then everyone would realize they are actually pagan witches.

  • Posted by: - May. 22, 2007 9:26 AM ET USA

    Does anyone know why these women call themselves "womenpriests" ("womynpriests"?)? Why not just "priestesses"?

  • Posted by: - May. 22, 2007 3:41 AM ET USA

    Their understanding of "mutuality and reciprocity" also violates generally accepted YouTube etiquette. Moderating one's comments on YouTube (as they have done for this video) ensures that the debate only exists on their own terms. Their mistake was in failing to turn off the rating mechanism so that one couldn't see that they have received a unanimously poor rating.

  • Posted by: - May. 21, 2007 10:50 PM ET USA

    I wish it were rigged but all the buzzwords are there and it is absolutely dripping with patronizing (matronizing?) sincerity. I don't feel invited to dialogue; I feel bullied by women who are insisting they are right, with no evidence to support their statement except their own opinion.

  • Posted by: - May. 21, 2007 7:41 PM ET USA

    I see the sacrilegious use of a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the outdoor "Mass," she who always obeyed the will of God, unlike these "inclusive" heretics.

  • Posted by: - May. 21, 2007 7:23 PM ET USA

    But she emotes so well... She must be right!

  • Posted by: - May. 21, 2007 7:03 PM ET USA

    I cringe with the "all are welcome" line. This is my parish's byline.

  • Posted by: - May. 21, 2007 6:59 PM ET USA

    Isn't that a male on her left hand side. Maybe its a spoof and maybe its more than that. Maybe its a priest concelebrating?

  • Posted by: - May. 21, 2007 3:40 PM ET USA

    Her cross wasn't upside down, she was.

  • Posted by: - May. 21, 2007 12:43 PM ET USA

    Now THAT was painful to watch ... If that's the best Father, ehrmm ... Mother, ehrmmm ,,, whatever, can do in delivering their promo hype, you just know her homilies are packin' 'em in Billy Graham style! Ouch. Love that annoying, nasally twang too. And the coffee table altar and... oh, well, just EVERYTHING! So fab ...

  • Posted by: - May. 21, 2007 12:30 PM ET USA

    Amen, Diogenes.

  • Posted by: - May. 21, 2007 11:57 AM ET USA

    Is that cross that she's wearing around her neck upside down!!!? The video seams to indicate that the cross is actually an upside down cross, but maybe it's just poor resolution. It's sort of comical to watch though!

  • Posted by: - May. 21, 2007 11:54 AM ET USA

    You're right, Di. This has got to be a spoof. I thought maybe I'd tuned in to an old Saturday Night Live skit, but this gal has the Church Lady beat, hands down.