Women with true authority

I enjoyed Elise Italiano Ureneck’s contribution to the June 28 issue “Answering the True Call” because it did two things: remind readers of the impossibility of women’s ordination (recently confirmed by Pope Francis) and lift up the stories of some incredible Catholic women.

On the second point, it’s important that the examples she cites from Bronwen McShea’s “Women of the Church” book were women who did things for the Church that men couldn’t, and commanded more spiritual authority and respect than the most of the ordained ministers of their time (priests, bishops, and popes included). None of them fell into the trap of thinking that joining the clergy would make them more effective in their mission.

The history of the Church is rich with reminders that advocates of female ordination should be careful what they wish for.

—Maria Barba, San Antonio, Texas

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