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Posting here because it was too tangenty on the HABEMVS PAPAM! thread….
I will say, I am a bit disconcerted by the constant “American Catholics Want” thing because there are some Canadian Catholics who want it too. Also some British, Australian, and New Zealand Catholics and probably others from non-English speaking countries, but I don’t have friends there.
I do believe that women should be allowed to be ordained priests because one of the glorious things about Catholocism is that all doctrines can be reached through a variety of methods, including Reason, and somehow “It’s that way because it’s the way we’ve always done it. Sorry, but you’re just a bystander in our church and can never, ever be one of its leaders” doesn’t seem either logical or fair to me.