Earlier this year, the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership hosted Robert Jenson in an informal but riveting round table conversation about the eucharist and mission. In the midst of the discussion, Professor Jenson made the comment that the ecumenical movement (at least at ‘official’ levels) has reached a standstill, and he named as the reason the ordination of women. [Seems like a good time to recall Balthasar’s words: ‘But the most important requirement for [the ecumenical] venture is that both partners in the dialogue have God before them and not behind them. All movement must be towards God, the depth of whose wisdom and mystery appears always to increase’. Who Is a Christian? (London: Burns & Oates, 1968), 39.]
Anyway, now Halden has reposted an absolute ripper from Linda on why men shouldn’t be ordained. In fact, it’s so good that I’m reposting it here as well:
10. A man’s place is in the army.
9. For men who have children, their duties might distract them from the responsibilities of being a parent.
8. Their physical build indicates that men are more suited to tasks such as chopping down trees and wrestling mountain lions. It would be “unnatural” for them to do other forms of work.
7. Man was created before woman. It is therefore obvious that man was a prototype. Thus, they represent an experiment, rather than the crowning achievement of creation.
6. Men are too emotional to be priests or pastors. This is easily demonstrated by their conduct at football games and watching basketball tournaments.
5. Some men are handsome; they will distract women worshipers.
4. To be ordained pastor is to nurture the congregation. But this is not a traditional male role. Rather, throughout history, women have been considered to be not only more skilled than men at nurturing, but also more frequently attracted to it. This makes them the obvious choice for ordination.
3. Men are overly prone to violence. No really manly man wants to settle disputes by any means other than by fighting about it. Thus, they would be poor role models, as well as being dangerously unstable in positions of leadership.
2. Men can still be involved in church activities, even without being ordained. They can sweep paths, repair the church roof, change the oil in the church vans, and maybe even lead the singing on Father’s Day. By confining themselves to such traditional male roles, they can still be vitally important in the life of the Church.
1. In the New Testament account, the person who betrayed Jesus was a man. Thus, his lack of faith and ensuing punishment stands as a symbol of the subordinated position that all men should take.
And, in the comments, Kim Fabricius has added an eleventh reason: ’11. Jesus did not ordain men. He did not ordain women either, of course – but two wrongs don’t make a right’.