New Jersey Cardinal: There Could Be Women Cardinals

In one of the most enlightening interviews I’ve read of a high ranking Catholic clergy, New Jersey’s Cardinal Joseph Tobin said , “…I don’t believe there is a compelling theological reason why the Pope couldn’t name a woman a Cardinal.”

Cardinals are the ones who meet and select a new Pope. I don’t know what other duties go with the rank. Cardinal Tobin pointed out that as recently as the 19th century there were lay people who held the rank of Cardinal. Since then the male clergy has circled the wagons to keep out all non clergy including women.

Tobin, who has several sisters, points out that barring women from holding either clergy or Cardinal positions must surely alienate many women from the faith. While women make up the majority of Catholics, it is hard to understand why they tolerate a faith that considers them to be inferior.

Christian women start with a handicap. It was Eve of Adam and Eve would suggested Adam eat the forbidden apple. Instead of laughing off this story, people have taking it seriously for over a thousand years and blamed women for moving all of us out of the Garden of Eden. Apparently, neither Adam nor Eve had to work for a living in the Garden of Eden. We’ve been required to work ever since.

It seems to me we are on the verge of changes that will bring more equality to the genders. Parts of the Christian faith that put women in an inferior status eventually will have to yield.

15 Responses

  1. Nowhere in the teachings, doctrine or theology of the Catholic Church is there a declaration that women are inferior. However, God did create one purely human person perfect, Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ.

    1. Matt 10:03 Nowhere in the teachings, doctrine …. is there a declaration that women are inferior.

      Oh sure. You have explained this before. “Women are different,” that’s why they can’t be clergy. Men decided this difference between men and women is that men have the ability to run things and women don’t. More word gymnastics.

      1. Juan Ruiz

        ” men have the ability to run things and women don’t.”

        Which doesn’t explain women CEOs of such major companies as GM, IBM, HP, Avon, Remington, and many others.

        1. Juan 6:53 Which doesn’t explain women CEO’s of such major companies as GM, IBM, HP, ….

          There are 32 women CEOs in the Fortune 500. There are no women, not one, priests (plus no women Protestant preachers in a few denominations). The boys decided the girls were inferior. It’s playground level stuff.

      2. Jon, take it up with God. It was He, Jesus Christ, who chose 12 male apostles. It was He who bestowed the service and power of the priesthood. Your lust for power is not a Catholics’ lust for power. A priest gives up a great deal to become a priest. It truly does not matter why you and I think is right and just.

        1. Juan Ruiz

          “A priest gives up a great deal to become a priest.”

          No he doesn’t. A priest friend of mine drove around in a Pontiac GTO, which he got at a discount from a Catholic auto dealer. They take no vow of poverty, and live quite well in a house provided for them. Many have a housekeeper to clean for them. While their gross salary may seem less, their perqs make up for it.

        2. Matt 10:49 Jon, take it up with God. It was He, Jesus Christ, who chose 12 male apostles. It was He who bestowed the service and power of the priesthood.

          A nice claim. It has never been substantiated by anyone who was present when all of this is claimed to have happened. It it simply religion. Those who manufactured the alleged events you speak of were men.

          Is Jesus claimed to have said, “No women can be priests,”? I understand it was Paul who wrote that and he never talked to Jesus. I’d suggest you take your views up with God and try to engage in a little less hucksterism.

        3. Juan Ruiz

          ” It was He, Jesus Christ, who chose 12 male apostles.”

          If this is the sole justification for an all-male priesthood, perhaps the Latin Church should mandate all the other social customs of 1st century Galilee, including style of dress, method of travel, beards, and, of course, that wives and children are possessions of fathers and husbands.

    2. Juan Ruiz

      ” However, God did create one purely human person perfect,”

      This is what is leading some Catholics to seek her official deification.

        1. Juan Ruiz

          You enjoy proclaiming yourself as the final arbiter of all things Catholic. But you aren’t. There exist numerous Mary cults who want her to be declared co-Redemptrix, which essentially makes he a goddess.

  2. Jinx II

    The teachings, doctrine or theology of the Catholic Church are written by men trying to keep a hold on wealth, power and status they believe they deserve. Jeez, your Mary wouldn’t even qualify as a priest just because of her gender!

    1. Juan Ruiz

      The priesthood was always a good ole boys club. It’s why they all protected each other by transferring pedophiles around instead of revealing them.

      1. Having had 3 uncles who were priests, and knowing several dozen more priests, the priesthood is far from a fictional good old boys club. While the priesthood is strictly all male and is supposed to be about trying to do God’s will and being “good’, it is not a club in the evil sense of the word. The priests I know would not shield a fellow priest from justice.

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