- 5 years ago
- Wedding: May 2013
So – this is not a place for dissing the church or beliefs or whatever.
I am going through the RCIA program right now to convert to Catholicism. In my class we talked about canon law and priesthood last night. FASCINATING. But it really bothers me that only guys are priests and men are far more authoritative in the church. It seems this gender divide splits into marriage as well, based on biblical reading. I do see that men and women are different, but I think should be equal in opportunity.
Please keep in mind this is just part of the journey and I do intend to become Catholic. I think the Vatican is distanced from everyday faith. My reasons are personal, and relate more to culture and action than the institution. I’m doing it because it feels right and is for my future family – kids I mean, not inlaws. I am a liberal arts student and have been taught the evils of the church but it has not convinced me to dismiss it. There is alot of community value and personal introspection that does not occur for most people outside of a church atmosphere, in my experience.
I am looking for perspective on dealing with the whole inequality between men and women in the church thing. It bothers me that dudes make the rules. Can you share with my how you have grappled with this issue in the past? I look up to the woman who teaches my RCIA program. She is at least as educated, if not more in theology than many religious leaders – she teaches priests but cannot become one. She stated last night she has just accepted that that’s how it is.
So, really what I’m looking for is a Catholic Feminist perspective. Any takers?