Another Revolution in the Church! (Yawn)
Have you heard the news? There’s a new revolution in the Church! It’s been started by, of all people, a little old lady from Clonakilty in County Cork, Ireland. Jennifer Sleeman, an 80-year-old grandmother and the mother of a Benedictine monk, is fed up with women “being treated as second-class citizens” in the Church. So she issued a call to Catholic women to “join your sisters” in boycotting Masses throughout the Emerald Isle on September 26.
What are women to do instead on that Sunday morning? “Stay at home and pray for change,” Sleeman told the Irish Times (Aug. 11).
What type of change? “Whatever change you long for, recognition, ordination, the end of celibacy, which is another means of keeping women out.” Reach into the grievance grab bag, ladies — one gripe is as good as another. Ultimately, the purpose is to “let the hierarchy know” that “the days of an exclusively male-dominated church are over.”
Why would such a boycott work? Because women make up “the majority” of worshipers, Sleeman says. “The empty pews will be noticed.”
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O’Brien sends out a great peal signaling that the time is not just late but ripe, that the kingdom of meaning is really and truly at hand.