Why Would A Woman Be A Catholic

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By John Hubbuch

My editor Ken Trainor from time to time provides analytic and provocative comment on the Catholic Church and its many failings. Most recently in a column entitled ""The Catholic Church's Greatest Sin" he identified sexism as its greatest sin. Of course he is right. One need look only at the church hierachy--Pope-Cardinal-Bishop-Priest to understand the profound institutional contempt for women. Like the Taliban,  women's humanity is diminished in favor of some idealized archtype. 

I don't understand why women who express outrage over exclusion from a men's social and golf clubs pliantly remain Catholic. In fact the Catholic Church is like Chicago's Union League Club used to be: women were allowed into the building, but their presence was restricted to certain areas only.For all I know it's still that way.                                             

So I urge you Catholic ladies to just say no. Quit. Your mom and dad will get over it, and you'll find spiritual sustenance in places that value you far more than Mother Church. Why would any intelligent person belong to an organization where their value was diminshed and marginalized. I don't get it.

And it ain't going to get better very soon. The Pope is on tour and the show has a stop in Cuba. The Pope has noted:" Today it is evident that Marxist ideology, in the way it was conceived, no longer corresponds to reality."  Absolutely stunning irony. 

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Daniel Foley from River Forest, Illinois  

Posted: March 31st, 2012 3:12 PM

What you have written is so unbelievable so that my only response is that you must only want people to respond with a full throated "Really???" Comparing the Catholic Church to the Taliban/Masters Golf Club via sexism? In short, I think that is the summation of your argument. From time to time, the Wednesday Journal puts out an opinion piece that pushes the boundaries of what seems to be a reasonable thought in the name of being 'progressive'. Well reasoned vs. hare-brained are pretty easy to spot on these pages. John, this was beyond hare-brained. Compelling individuals to relinquish a religious belief in the name of a flawed interpretation of 2000 years is pretty lame. Why not just encourage women to be more involved in the church so that they can continue to change it from within. After all, even a young actuary knows that the Church is going to run out of old men someday and will have to accept married men, or women. But, that would be the well-reasoned argument.

Ned Ryerson from River Forest, Illinois  

Posted: March 31st, 2012 3:11 PM

What you have written is so unbelievable so that my only response is that you must only want people to respond with a full throated "Really???" Comparing the Catholic Church to the Taliban/Masters Golf Club via sexism? In short, I think that is the summation of your argument. From time to time, the Wednesday Journal puts out an opinion piece that pushes the boundaries of what seems to be a reasonable thought in the name of being 'progressive'. Well reasoned vs. hare-brain

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: March 30th, 2012 1:05 AM

There is a part of being a Catholic that is not grasped - Culture. For many the Catholic Church is bonded to their family history, their personal moral grounding, and their comfort zone in church. So the Vatican, the Archdiocese, and all associated hierarchies are there, but their not the reason that you go to church on Sunday, participate in parish social activities, or do outreach from your church. The hierarchy is irrelevant. It's the culture that counts. No longer do all Catholics dwell on heaven and hell. The hierarchy's list of sins changes so much there must be an elevator between heaven and hell to transfer from one the other. "All sinners that are here because they hate meat on Friday and did not commit other grievous sins, please report to elevator 6 bound for heaven. We apologize for the inconvenience." Disobedience is part of the Catholic culture -- always has been.

OPRFDad  

Posted: March 29th, 2012 9:54 PM

With all due respect to both the author and the Wednesday Journal - it's not 1950 anymore. There are far bigger problems in the world and in this community than the big bad Catholic Church. The Catholic Church is to the Journal what brick pavers are to the Village Board - its undying obsession. Pick up another paper (or the Economist) and you'll realize this topic is not only stale, it's uninteresting to people under 50.

Aging Disgracefully  

Posted: March 29th, 2012 6:44 PM

Why indeed? Beats the hell out of me.

Dave Coulter  

Posted: March 27th, 2012 7:39 AM

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