It sounds like the beginning of a joke or a word problem, but it is neither. It is a sign of the degeneration of our times. People think that if they believe in something hard enough, if they say something often enough, if they get enough people to tacitly agree, that thing will be true. It is an odd thing about truth though, no matter how you spin it, no matter how you try to hide it, disguise it, manipulate it, truth will surface in all it gory glory. It may take hundreds of years, it may take wars and rumors of wars, it may take cataclysmic disasters but the truth will remain in the end.
For religious believers we have our faith and the writings of people thousands of years before us on which to base our understanding of truth. In all of that writing there is NO evidence of the priesthood being given to women. Not one. One might site Judge Deborah who was referred to as a “prophet” and Isaiah’s wife as a “prophetess” but one does not have to hold the priesthood to be the mouth piece of God. All one needs is a willing heart and the lack of any worthy priesthood holders for this to come about. Over the years though people, without the benefit of the Divine have made and said all sorts of nonsense claiming to be speaking in behalf of the Creator. The proof of that claim lies in whether what has been said is consistent with Gospel principles and stated covenants and commandments.
While some individuals eschew the roles delineated for them from the beginning it must be noted that in order for the stated plan of the Creator to move forward the roles and duties from that plan must be maintained, for this is essential to the fruition of said plan. In the beginning God created man (made from available material, not snapped His fingers and voila whatever God desired was there). It was decided that man should not be alone, and that the plan could not be put into force without another entity to serve as the vessel for the procreated entity. Woman was then created, not as a servant but as a helpmeet, a partner, a essential part of the Divine order. As in most successful organizations however one person was the final arbiter, one person made the final decisions, one person held the most responsibility.
Man was given that role. Woman was to council with man, to provide additional feedback, to temper his decisions and to help guide and direct him to make the correct decisions and both sought input from their Creator. Man as did woman, had a direct and intimate role in the “multiplying and replenishing of the Earth” function of the plan. She would be the one to protect and defend, to keep in her body and later her care the precious seed of mankind. She was the nurturer, the teacher, the one who guided and directed not just the physical but mental and spiritual progeny that would fill the earth. It was under her leadership that “man” would grow throughout the world. In some cases that leadership was benign, in some it was disastrous. Some children refused to learn from their mothers, some didn’t have mothers due to death or extenuating circumstances. Some “fathers” usurped the roles of mothers, condemning them to virtual servitude (much as we see in radical tribal entities today). These men have betrayed their ancient roles and their noble association with priesthood.
At no other time however has there been more pressure on the cornerstone unit of society as there is now. From the 1960′s on people (men and women) have sought to disparage the role of “mother”. They contend that it is not challenging enough, that it is archaic, that it is deeming and a refuge for the lazy, ignorant and unenlightened. These forces have encouraged women to criticize and belittle other women who chose to take up the ancient role of “mother, caregiver, helpmeet and partner” and castigate their choice. The women who chose to be mothers are made fun of, debased and reviled by the very people who refuse to understand the importance that a mother holds in maintaining stability of the fabric of our civil society. As we’ve seen in the present pitting one side against another is an excellent way to destroy both sides.
Thus it is that we now have a woman maintaining that she is an ordained “priest ” in the Catholic Church. Who ordained this woman? Was the person a “priest” ordained by someone in authority? It couldn’t be a Catholic member of clergy because women priests are not found in doctrine there. It is against the Gospel as carried down from Jesus Christ to Peter, that the priesthood duties are for males to attend to. Women have other more important and essential duties to discharge. Without their willingness to do so there would be no plan to follow and no reason to go on as there would be no progeny to safeguard. She is therefore not a Catholic “priest” no matter what she claims.
While women disciples were firmly in evidence none of them were priests. One of the definitions of disciple is;
A person who is a pupil or an adherent of the doctrines of another; follower (along with the 12 apostles, the 70 sent forth by Christ to spread his gospel and the followers of Christ at the time).
Anyone can be a disciple; young or old, bond or free, male or female. There are no distinctions on who can be a disciple, all one needs to do is follow the admonitions of whoever they choose to follow and huzzah they are disciples.
Women however have a higher calling. They nurture and teach the next generation. While there are many who derogate that function it has become more and more apparent that what is missing in our societies are those standard bearers, those educators of the very young, those stalwarts who cast off aspirations, delay gratification and abandon ambition to truly sacrifice for the sake of their posterity. They have taken on their roles, set before the world began, within the plan voted on by every person whose heart has beat en utero or who has ever been born on this planet. These woman know they were destined for greatness, they will affect millions by what they do within the walls of their own homes. Their influence and touch is not relegated to the babies they raise until time for them to be exposed to secular eduction but even after they are dead and buried. They will be mothers, grandmothers, great grandmothers, ad infinitum to generations unborn. Their reach will continue until the end of times and on throughout eternity.
The priesthood too has it’s duties, it’s powers and it’s reach. While blessed by the Priesthood, those responsibilities do not concern women. For good or ill that is not their assigned role. Of course this makes no claim on individuals who don’t believe in a Divine Being. Their way lies along different pathways and their reward will be different from those who do believe. The reward expected by those who wish to make their own way divergent of any religious affiliation will be, as it must, different from those who rely on the “Arm of Jehovah.” This is right and just.
Either one believes in one’s religion with it’s doctrines and creed or one does not. If one does not it is a function of truth and integrity that one leaves that organization and finds another which will grant one the opportunities they desire from religion. For either God, who is unchanging, is true within the confines of that doctrine held by religious sects or He is not. If He is, abide by his plan, if He is not it matters not where you go.
It does not change the truth. Deny, abjure, disown, spurn, circumvent, enjoin, repudiate all one likes, the truth whatever it is, will not be changed or hindered and will in time come to the fore. For some the doctrine is named Karma, for believers the scripture that comes to mind is Galatians 6:7
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.