Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Things are happening in Mt. Airy!

From the "Philadelphia Inquirer"...

Eileen DiFranco sang the hymns, prayed and took Communion as she had done at countless other Catholic Masses.

But yesterday, for the first time, she led the service as an ordained priest - and received a warm reception from hundreds of Catholics and others.

"Nothing is impossible with our God," she told a congregation at the First United Methodist Church of Germantown. "Not even a woman priest."

It has been my pleasure to have conversations with Eileen DiFranco over the past year and she is a delightful woman. How sad it was to blog her name and find some really nasty blogged comments in another site.

The content of the blog included name calling, slander and petty childishness. I understand that the Catholic church does not approve of these actions and that's their right I suppose. But for faithful people to post comments referring to her as a fruitcake granny just made me mad!

Why can't we have civil dialog about these issues?


revabi said...

Good for Eileen, and bad for the church or whoever wrote the way they did.

the reverend mommy said...

Yeah, but I think God's big enough.
I heard the piece on NPR -- She's a brave and beautiful woman.

Questing Parson said...

But that's what we do when we feel threatened, we name call.

How small is the faith that can be defined by gender.

the reverend mommy said...

Long time. No post. Hint, hint.

LutheranChik said...

I think that there's something about women exerting authority that, even in this day and age, tends to elicit the most atavistic backlash. It's as if these people exist in a zero-sum world where there's only so much respect and authority to go around, so if some new class of person is empowered it somehow takes away from their own power and authority.

the reverend mommy said...

Long Long time no post.
I miss you.