Peace be with you!
I’m taking a class this term at my university entitled “Marriage and Intimacy”. The class is basically one big promotion of gay marriage. Apparently the concept of a “traditional” family (ie, one man, one woman and their children) is a man-made invention and needs to be expanded to include “all kinds of families”. Accourding to my teacher and most of the people in the class, all change is progress.
Well, yesterday (Monday), my teacher was talking about how we live in a patriarchial society run by men that oppresses women. She said that institutions and often religions play a role in that patriarchial society. Then she mentioned that women cannot be priests in the Roman Catholic Church. At that point, my girlfriend, our friend, and I (we all have the class together) turned and looked at each other as if to say “well, it was only a matter of time!” My friend wrote a note on her notebook and passed it to me…it said, “Apparently she [the teacher] doesn’t know she has three of the biggest voices in Newman Club in her class”.
After class we went up to talk to the teacher to tell her that there is a Scriptural and theological reason behind women not being able to be ordained and has nothing to do with thinking they are somehow less than men or to oppress them. She tried to explain something like “oh, well it may not be the Church’s idea to oppress women, but that’s what ends up happening in a male-run society.” But, the good thing is that she asked me if I wanted to bring something in to share that point of view. I said “YES!” And now I’m going to be giving a talk on the Christian view of family and sharing some of John Paul’s (and Christopher West’s) Theology of the Body. And we will be having a discussion about it. Professor Rand Al’Thor’s class is now in session.