In the early morning hours of October 16th of 2021, it seemed like a done deal. A woman named Anne Tropeano was on her way to becoming a Priest of the Catholic Church. For those not fluent in Catholic dogma, women are not allowed to become priests under the cloak of Catholic orthodoxy. So it's safe to say, a priest was destined to outrage the Church, an institution that Anne Tropeano was accusing of rampant sexism. The kind of sexism that bars women from taking up specific duties for nothing other than their sex.
If the Catholic Church were a private organization, Anne would have a civil rights lawsuit on her hands and she'd almost certainly win. No place in America, or any other Westernized country, for that matter, can an institution say, "No women can be managers," or something to that effect. It doesn't matter if the job is working as a cook at a restaurant or a salesperson at a big chain retail store, sexism is sexism.
And when it comes to sexism, few institutions have done it better than the Church throughout history.
Ms. Tropeano knew the consequences full well going into it. She knew she would be instantly excommunicated from the church she's been a part of for a very long time.
Many women have been ordained as priests in the history of the Catholic Church and all of them have been instantly excommunicated. Since 2002, almost 250 women have been ordained and the result was always the same...from the Pope on down, the church strikes back with an iron fist.
They take their sexism seriously.
As The Santa Fe New Mexican reports:
Pope Benedict XVI called more than 10 years ago for automatic ex-communication of both women who are ordained and the bishops who oversee the ceremonies. Excommunication means a person is no longer in communion with the Church and basically represents expulsion.
Pope Francis recently backed Benedict's ruling, although he does have a commission analyzing the role of female deacons.
The point wasn't to damage the church, says Ms. Tropeano, as much as to make a statement and call out its longstanding institutional sexism and mistreatment of women. She also said she was called by God to the priesthood with the church.
The Church's defense? Rev. Glenn Jones, vicar general of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, where Ms. Tropeano was set to become a priest, fired back, saying that Jesus never chose any women as apostles, but only men, and thus, the Church needs to follow Jesus' lead.
That tells you something.
And let's not forget when the Canaanite woman asked for Jesus' help in the New Testament, only to have Jesus shun her at first saying he doesn't give food to the dogs. So, either Jesus was sexist or racist in this passage, I'm not sure, but either way, it's not a good look for the Lord.
And then, after a bitter fight, Ms. Tropeano was officially ordained, but she was also instantly ex-communicated from the church. Ms. Tropeano said:
God is asking me to do this and so it came down to either being obedient to the church teaching or being obedient to God, and we all know the church has changed its teachings over time on other issues.
Even worse, anyone who helped participate in the ordaining of Ms. Tropeano was to also be ex-communicated. So that's why Channel 4 News, New Mexico, was cool by blurring out the faces of the participants in their reporting.
Well done, Channel 4.
Ms. Tropeano now calls herself "Father Anne" and she had gone to Theology school in California, before becoming a kinda-sorta-official-unofficial priest in New Mexico.
Channel 4 says:
The archdiocese did not sanction Saturday's ceremony, the Santa Fe New Mexican reports. The ceremony was held privately at an Episcopalian church in downtown Albuquerque. Tropeano will be holding her first services at St. Paul Lutheran Church on Sunday. While the Catholic Church doesn't allow female priests in its ranks, Pope Francis has commissioned a group to study the role of female deacons, but the Vatican has said that female priests are not an option.
I love a good story like this. It blurs the lines between troll, activist, and sincere complaint against an institution that's really beginning to show its age, the Catholic Church.
And hopefully, it makes people wake up and realize that maybe we shouldn't be taking bronze-aged institutions so seriously, letting them dictate the most important aspects of our lives.
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