May 13, 2012 By Ben Witherington
(Kudos to Jason Jackson for this).
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
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.
I have one of my English priest brothers-in-law to thank for forwarding this very witty comment made (in England) – as a response to the failure of the Women Bishops Measure in the Church of England. I think the Church has to take very seriously the fact that there are many reasons why neither women nor men ought to consider themselves fit for the precious ministry given by Christ to His Church. and these are just as valid as those put forward against the ministry of women!
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand