St. Thérèse of Lisieux the Priest icon by Eric Carson
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"When she realised that she had pulmonary tuberculosis, she said: ‘You see, God is going to take me at an age when I would not have had the time to become a priest…. If I could have been a priest, I would have been ordained at these June ordinations. So what did God do? So that I would not be disappointed, he let me be sick: in that way I could not have been there, and I would die before I could exercise my ministry’.”
In other words, she believed God let her die rather than suffer life under the burden of being unable to live out her vocation as priest as God was calling her.
The goal of the #GodSaysNow campaign is to make the issue of women's ordination to priesthood issue impossible for the bishops to ignore. The strategies of the campaign are:
1. RAISE AWARENESS.
There are literally hundreds of millions of people around the world who believe women are called to be priests, yet they are unaware that the issue is even on the table through the Synod on Synodality that ends in October 2024. The first step is alerting people to the opportunity that God has placed before us.
2. EDUCATE ON THE ISSUE.
Most people do not understand that the Church constructs its argument of exclusion: (1) by employing a fundamentalist interpretation of scripture--a practice the Church teaches against because it leads to views contrary to the Gospel; and (2) by perpetuating a misleading narrative that women were not ordained or in leadership over the Church's 2000-year history.
3. DEMAND INTEGRITY IN THE DISCERNMENT PROCESS ON THE ROLE OF WOMEN HAPPENING THROUGH THE SYNOD.
The role of women in the Roman Catholic Church emerged from the Synod on Synodality as a prominent issue for discernment. However, the discernment does not yet have integrity. For a proper discernment to take place, the Church must do two things:
First, the #GodSaysNow campaign calls for the Church to use the proper question for discernment. Right now, the Church seems to be asking the question, "Can the Church ordain women?" However, this question is faulty in that it centers the discernment on the Church, rather than God. The better question is, "Is God calling women to ordained ministries in the Church?" This phrasing centers God and allows for a fresh look at the relevant scripture, tradition, lived experience, and signs of the times.
In addition to the proper question, the #GodSaysNow campaign calls for all the relevant information needed to make a proper discernment. This includes the following information, which has been thus far missing:
While the Church has invested great resources into claiming priesthood for women is closed, the synod has revealed in two short years that it isn't (see paragraph 64 in the document Enlarge the Space of Your Tent). Indeed, it never was. The Church must set aside its narrative about women's ordination to priesthood, and confront the reality of what is true if the Church is to discover the invitation from God and follow it.