A Mockery of Catholicism

January 2006By Theresa Marie Moreau

Theresa Marie Moreau can be reached at tmmoreau@yahoo.com.

Aboard the tour boat Thousand Islander III, afloat and spiritually adrift somewhere on the St. Lawrence Seaway, somewhere in the choppy waters between Canada and the U.S., the plucking of acoustic guitar strings begins.

Reminiscent of all those folk Masses the Church has forced parishioners to suffer through (if they sing "Kumbaya" one more time...), the pianist tilts her head back and sings the lyrics to "Here I Am, Lord."

In step with the music, a procession of sandal-clad, middle-age women winds its way from stern to bow, toward the makeshift altar, toward the so-called history-making event: the "ordination" of women into the Holy Roman Catholic priesthood. Although the ordinations are both illicit (canonically unlawful) and invalid (sacramentally null), it's a first in North America.

With ease, the women squeeze through dozens of sweaty reporters and cameramen, past the 200-plus invited witnesses, all who had boarded the vessel in the early afternoon of July 25, 2005, in Gananoque, a small Canadian town in the Thousand Island resort area.

A mild, mid-summer breeze from Lake Ontario blows through open windows. The monotonous chug purrs from the diesel motor below.

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Nothing but a troop of silly wayward trollops! Posted by: gespin3549
September 21, 2007 05:29 AM EDT
If peradventure I ever come across something like this, I can only think the best response is to howl laughter, as with any farce.

Of course, although there is no consecration, there is still a sinful, depraved disrespect to our Lord in aping the priesthood he established. Nevertheless the root sin is pride, and sometimes the most withering weapon against pride is laughter.
Posted by: guerrero paciente
April 23, 2009 03:42 PM EDT
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