Sailing under a full moon

Sailing under a full moon

Reuters cracks me up. They report breathlessly that nine women plan to pretend at ordination and the news service acts as if this is a big deal.

Nine North American Catholic women will be ordained priests or deacons next month in what will amount to a test of Pope Benedict’s determination to enforce the Vatican’s ban on women’s ordination.

This is a test of nothing. Is a Palestinian burning an American flag a test of the United States’ resolve in Iraq? Not unless you’re a pointy-headed journalist who specializes in making mountains out of molehills in order to push an agenda and create drama where none exists. The whole thing reads like a parody.

In a further challenge to Vatican orthodoxy, the women may be married, divorced or remarried—“as long as they’re in a stable relationship or are a stable person,” said U.S. activist Judith Johnson, who is organizing the ordination.

I think by the very act of going through this charade they are showcasing instability. But this is no challenge to orthodoxy because this is not a sacrament. If that hypothetical Palestinian above decalres war on the US subsequent to his flagburning is that a further challenge to the US?

The height of their delusion is proven by their thinking that sailing on the St. Lawrence River means they’re in international waters. There is no neutral zone between the US and Canada. If you’re not in the US, you’re in Canada and vice versa. They don’t explain why they have to be in international waters. Maybe that’s where the tinfoils hats are most effective at foiling the Vatican’s mind-control scanners.

And who’s doing this “ordaining”? Why, two women who say they were ordained bishops a couple of years ago by real bishops “in good standing with Rome.” Of course, why didn’t I think of that? Even if that were true, by definition (1) those bishops ceased to be in good standing by attempting an invalid ordination and (2) you can’t be ordained a bishop if you can’t be ordained a priest.

I’m not going to expend any more thought on these people. They’re worth a laugh and your pity and that’s about it. After all, reality doesn’t appear to be their friend.