Okay, which side do you come down on? Who gets your vote for being right? C’mon tell me, is the Vatican within its rights to excommunicate those women, or are the women just answering the needs of their communities? Which side do you think God agrees with?
Jean-Pierre de Caussade said, ” as soon as their heart is willing, souls come under the influence of divine action, whose power over them depends on the extent to which they have surrendered themselves. Love is the way to this surrender. Love always prevails, is never denied.” (Caussade, 1989).
Now let me ask the questions in the Neo de Caussade way. To what extent have the Vatican leaders surrendered themselves? Then, to what extent have the women leaders surrendered themselves? If you say that neither side seems to have surrendered themselves through love (filial, agape, eros) then the logical conclusion is their actions are not influenced through divine action. Pope Benedict XVI issued for his first official encyclical Deus Caritas Est (God Is Love). What I learned about young people is they are very tuned into hypocrisy. The young people of today see right through all the talk, and are keen on integrity. I am keen on integrity. Are you keen on integrity?
What are you holding on to that you cannot surrender? Your heart must be willing to love. What are the Vatican leaders holding on to that makes their hearts unwilling to surrender? Women cannot be Priests, because… When their hearts are willing, their souls will come under the influence of divine action. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that those women leaders jabbing a stick in the eyes of the Vatican leaders are on the right path. When real leaders faced unjust laws from oppressive people in the past (Ghandi, MLK, etc.) they provided a model of passive resistance. Then there is always the Martin Luther model; vote with your feet.
In the future of Christianity there may be no Priests. What do you need them for? Those women leaders may be fighting for something that, once they get it, will turn out to be no longer relevant. “…God is only asking for your hearts. If you truly seek this treasure, this kingdom where God alone reigns, you will find it. Your heart, if it is totally surrendered to God, is itself that treasure, that very kingdom you long for and are seeking.” (Caussade, 1989). Welcome to the Neo de Caussade world view.
Caussade, J. (1989). The Sacrament of the Present Moment In (K. Muggeridge, Trans.). San Francisco: HarperCollins.