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Friday, August 27, 2010

CRONES Across The Pond

Women demanding the Church ordain women is hardly an American issue. Seems that some gals in England are crying in their tea and crumpets about it, too, and have laid out cold hard cash to make their case known to Pope Benedict when he visits England in September.

Reuters has the story - "Ordain Women", London Bus Ads Will Urge Pope

Protests are planned throughout his four-day trip to England and Scotland, the first papal visit since John Paul II's pastoral visit in 1982 and the first-ever official papal visit to Britain.

One group of women, Catholic Women's Ordination (CWO), will have its message plastered on the side of the buses as they travel along key routes, including past Westminster Hall, at the Palace of Westminster, where the pope is set to deliver a speech to Britain's civic society on September 17.

The group has paid 15,000 pounds ($23,130) for 15 buses to carry the message "Pope Benedict - Ordain Women Now!" for a month.

"We do not want to be disruptive, but I think the church has got to change or it will not survive," CWO spokeswoman Pat Brown told Reuters.

"I am quite hopeful at the moment because I think the church is in disarray."

It also hopes to protest outside Lambeth Palace during a meeting between the pope and Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, spiritual head of the Church of England, the Anglican mother church.

That's a lot of money wasted on demanding the impossible. Not to mention I'm fairly certain Pope Benedict won't have his mind suddenly swayed by a whiny complaint displayed on the side of the bus.

The CWO - I almost want to call it COW, you know? - has already spent their money, which would have been more helpful to some poor folks or needy children, but no, their complaint ranks higher on the list of social injustices. Therefore, the hungry kids will just have to suck it up, sorry ol' chaps and keep a stiff upper lip and all that.

Paul Cat, over at Alive and Young, had some fun with this, coming up with other things Pope Benedict ought to change - things which he has no authority over - or deny other parts of Catholic doctrine. Here are my suggestions:

s/s Curt Jester