Maureen Dowd for once dispenses with silliness and writes straight and hard about a tough topic -- the Catholic Church's treatment of nuns, and by extension women generally, as second-class citizens. Dowd, note, is Catholic and a parochial school product.
As the Vatican is trying to wall off the “brides of Christ,” Cask of Amontillado style, it is welcoming extreme-right Anglicans into the Catholic Church — the ones who are disgruntled about female priests and openly gay bishops. Il Papa is even willing to bend Rome’s most doggedly held dogma, against married priests — as long as they’re clutching the Anglicans’ Book of Common Prayer.
“Most of the Anglicans who want to move over to the Catholic Church under this deal are people who have scorned women as priests and have scorned gay people,” Briggs said. “The Vatican doesn’t care that these people are motivated by disdain.”
The Catholic Church, of course, is not the only religious institution whose leadership prefers women in submissive roles. Particularly in these Bible Belt parts.