Isn't the Schism Overdue?
September 16, 2009 6:24 AM Subscribe
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How do you reward a Catholic sister for nearly 40 years of service to the cause of peace and justice? If you’re the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, you tell her to shut up. Sr. Louise Akers
said she held a “very cordial” private meeting with Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk on Aug. 10 in which he asked her to retract her support for women’s ordination. “It’s not that I won’t do it — I can’t do it,” Akers said. “It would be a lie.”
Sister Louise has the support of over 63% of U.S. Catholics who support women's ordination.
are “…. wondering and thinking in my own conscience that there has to be a better way. In the long run I believe an action like this does far more harm than it does good.”
Or not: “It's also distressing that so many women who came of age while feminism was expanding, can't understand that equality does not necessarily mean that everyone should be exactly the same. God created us differently and his plans for us are different.”
: "Sister Louise should rejoice. In another age, they would have burned her at the stake."
Carol Egner, a Cincinnati gynecologist and volunteer at Our Lady of Lourdes parish,
wrote a letter to the editor in support of Sr. Louise. When her pastor read the letter, he asked her to write another that either renounced her position or made clear that she “yields to the wisdom of the church.”
When she refused, she was told she could no longer teach her Old Testament class for sixth-graders at her parish.
"The letter wasn't as much about women being priests as Sister Louise being silenced," says Egner, a lifelong Catholic. "Would I like to see women have an equal role in the church? I would. But now I think the issue is about being able to discuss it."