Not a day goes by, it seems, without someone accusing the Catholic Church of the sin of not being the Episcopalian Church. In this instance, (former?) Father Bert Telen, (formerly S.J.):
“In plainer words, we need to end the world view that structures reality into higher and lower, superior and inferior, dominant and subordinate, which puts God over Humanity, humans over the rest of the world, men over women, the ordained over the laity. As Jesus commanded so succinctly, ‘Don’t Lord it over anyone … serve one another in love.’ As an institution, the Church is not even close to that idea; its leadership works through domination, control, and punishment. So, following my call to serve this One World requires me to stop benefiting from the privilege, security, and prestige ordination has given me. I am doing this primarily out of the necessity and consequence of my new call, but, secondarily, as a protest against the social injustices and sinful exclusions perpetrated by a patriarchal church that refuses to consider ordination for women and marriage for same- sex couples …”
Nor does he spare the Jesuit order in his critique. “Make no mistake about it: the Society of Jesus shares in and benefits from this patriarchal and clerical way of proceeding. We still regard ourselves as the shepherds and those to whom and with whom we minister as sheep. I discovered this painfully when the Society of Jesus decided against having Associate members. We are not prepared for co-membership or even, it seems at times, for collaboration, though we pay lip service to it. ‘Father knows best’ remains the hallmark of our way of proceeding. I can no longer, in conscience, do that. But I still honor and love my fellow Jesuits who work from that model of power over.”
I can understand someone wanting to End the Church because they don’t like the values she promotes, but I have a hard time wrapping my head around how someone rationalizes themselves into a position like this. The cognitive dissonance found in these flakes never ceases to impress me. Secular progressivism looks a lot less silly when it isn’t pretending to be Catholicism. I mean, the content of the New York Times might still be silly, but at least it looks respectable.
(via Rod Dreher)