MARCH FOR MARRIAGE!
I think poor Father Z is cracking up, bless his heart. Perhaps a little time off ...
What an eccentric performance.
The only way feminazis would be happy with the pope is if he announced that he had a sex-change operation 40 years ago and was a lesbian in disguise and would be ordaining lesbian priests and that gay men could become nuns, and that they could all marry each other or anyone or anything they wanted.
I think he may be overreacting, some, because he was previously worried about where Pope Francis is coming from, and he'd now decided that if Francis is talking about "Mothers," " he must be a reliably Catholic Catholic. He's reacting out of relief.
One other point: Fr. Z use a picture of the Madres de Plaza de Mayo and played them, in a sense, against the women witnesses of the Resurrection. (Actually, I'm not even sure whether he meant them as a contrast, or a parallel.) In either case, he should have at least explained who the Madres are.
Also from three audience:
” Unfortunately, there have often been attempts to obscure faith in the Resurrection of Jesus, and doubts have crept in even among believers themselves. A watered down faith, as we would say, not a strong faith. This is because of superficiality, sometimes because of indifference, occupied by a thousand things considered more important than the faith, or because of a purely horizontal vision of life.”
While not specifically about women, the sad fact is that a watered down faith is weak. Surprised that Father Z didn’t twig on that, as the assessment directly opposes today’s happy clappy version of Catholicism that springs from so many pulpits.
That was John who did that. Peter ran slower, but went into the tomb.
Now, if we could only get men to stop trying to be women, we would really be making some headway.
**This tells us that God does not choose according to human criteria: the first witnesses of the birth of Jesus are the shepherds,[again, the first were really angels... but let that pass...] simple and humble people, the first witnesses of the Resurrection are women. This is beautiful, [this is fantastic!! Now wait for it...] and this is the mission of women, of mothers and women, [MOTHERS!] to give witness to their children and grandchildren that Christ is Risen! Mothers go forward with this witness! [MOTHERS!] What matters to God is our heart, if we are open to Him, if we are like trusting children. But this also leads us to reflect on how in the Church and in the journey of faith, women have had and still have a special role in opening doors to the Lord, in following him and communicating his face, because the eyes of faith always need the simple and profound look of love. [By being MOTHERS. He isn’t talking about Church ministry. Far from suggesting anything about leadership positions in ecclesiastical structures, Francis is talking about having babies and being strong Catholics.]**
Oh, yes and another “Wow!”