July 25, 2010

If God Had Wanted Women Priests

If God had wanted women to be priests and bishops,
He would have made a woman
the means of His Incarnation,
the agent of the first manifestation
of His Real Presence
in Body and Blood.

Oh, wait...

a thought for certain prelates and pontiffs,
especially those who maunder on about ontology and function, from

Tobias Stanislas Haller BSG

about to head off on retreat for a week
Post 699!

And for 700, in honor of Joachim and Anna: this in rhyme.


Bex said...

Great copy for the London bus ads.

June Butler said...

A lovely thought, indeed.

And what Bex said.

Have a blessed and peaceful retreat, dear Tobias.

Bishop Alan Wilson said...

Tobias, this is simply wonderful. Many thanks and have a great retreat

JCF said...


Have a blessed retreat, Tobias.

Marshall Scott said...

If God had meant for women to be priests and bishops,
he would have given first to a woman the evidence of his resurrection
and the first encounter with the risen Christ.

Oh, wait....

Grant said...

Actually, Fr. T, this notion of gender specificity and the divine is one of the reasons why the whole "Jesus is God" (in a literal, empirical sense) idea, is such a problem for me. For some reason, I hadn't yet made the connection to the women's ordination debate though.


Tobias Stanislas Haller BSG said...

Grant, this is one of the reasons I am such an ardent defender of the Chalcedonian definition of the Incarnation: all that is essential to human nature in Jesus comes from his mother; ergo, his maleness is "accident" not essence. Further, those who claim a woman cannot "represent" Christ are exalting the accidental over the essential.

Doorman-Priest said...

Good one!!

Göran Koch-Swahne said...

Amen, sweet Brother!