Margaret has a wonderful post today about women deacons v. deaconesses. (Yes to deaconesses, no to "women deacons.") As always, her writing is witty and wise, entertaining and educational.
Here's my favorite passage, to whet your appetite, but do go and read the whole.
...forget lay leadership, we don’t need more leaders, all that does is encourage the people to think that it is someone else’s job. It isn’t. This idea is obviously not shared by Orthodox feminists who worry about women who ‘feel’ they have a ‘calling’, who are ignored by horrid priests, who need other women to tell them how to exercise said calling and have mentoring programmes, etc. I can’t help but think that anyone who needs to be told how to comfort the lonely, feed the hungry and visit the shut-ins is not fit to do it. If someone feels she wants to ‘do something’ she doesn’t need paired up with another woman in another state or country, she needs to walk up to her parish priest and say, “I have time on my hands, what can I do?” Of course the feminists want us to believe that priests being male (and men are the enemy, remember) will scourge her out of the church after which she will crawl home to have a big glass of Chardonnay and call her mentor in California to sob about how her calling has been denied. And that is the second prong of feminism, after stabbing everyone with the idea that men are the enemy, it proceeds to how women are victims and that victims ought to stick together and share their Kleenex. And we’d better stock up on Kleenex because gays, the transgendered, people who think altar rails were for the gentry to tether horses to (the ecclesiastical equivalent of flat-earthers) and nuts channelling Kim Michaels are all victims too.
Love you, Margaret!