Jun 1, 2016
Our Holy Father has appointed a commission to examine whether or not women should be granted the diaconate. The question I raise is: Is it truly necessary? Should we not be guided by Genesis and the tradition of the Church?
The first Biblical book gives us all the information we need: God created Adam first, his body being made from the slime of the earth; but man being a person is made for communion and none of the animals created could fulfill this mission. God therefore decided to create another person who fully shared Adam's dignity and like him, was made in His image and likeness. Her body, however, is taken from the body of a person, therefore giving it a special dignity. When Adam woke up from the sleep that God had put on him and saw Eve for the first time, his response was enchantment: he immediately perceived that she fully shared his dignity and that she was created to complement him and therefore enrich him: "male and female He made them."
Let us think for an instant about the word: complement. It clearly indicates that there was something missing in the person complemented. Masculinity with all its virtues and beauty, was in need of another being, possessing the same identical metaphysical dignity both being persons-and one cannot be more or less person-but having certain perfections meant to bring to full fruition the noble qualities that his masculinity had given him. Human nature is not Adam without Eve, and not Eve without Adam; both are necessary for they essentially belong together. This is what Adam immediately perceived. Metaphysical equality, however, does not mean identity-a confusion easily made today in an age of confusion. Man is not meant to be a woman; women are not meant to be males. But, both together sing a noble duet celebrating the greatness of their Creator. This is luminous and metaphysically convincing. The divine message was clear: being different, they had different roles to play and there was an implicit warning that to try to exchange these roles, would have very grave consequences. Man is clearly meant to be a protector and called to action; woman is more mysterious, more secret, and for this reason is called to veiling herself. The male was to sing the bass; the female, the soprano: the arbitrary exchange of tones would inevitably create a cacophony. The role of Adam was to be manly; the one of Eve to live the beautiful mission of femininity.
Then came the tragedy of original sin: the gravity of which was such that it ruptured not only the beautiful harmony existing between God and his creatures, but also the harmonious music played by our first parents before the fault. The beautiful role played by Eve was now-thanks to diabolical chemistry-changed into the one of a temptress. Respectful enchantment on the male side degenerated into the "irresistible" attraction of an overwhelming pleasure. Lust, until then unknown to Adam, was from this tragic moment, transformed into deadly trap into which most males, with alas, few exceptions, were going to fall. Tolstoy, who often fell victim of this temptation, accused the peasant girl that he had abused to have seduced him. Of course, he claimed, he was her victim. Following Adam who made Eve responsible for his fall, this famous writer duplicated the first's excuse. She was made responsible for his sins, and it was therefore legitimate that from this moment on she was looked down upon as a threat, a danger, and therefore as "inferior." This conviction is the psychological excuse that many males will use to justify their "superiority" which to them is so obvious that it does not need be proven. Love had been transformed into lust. This moral "inferiority" of the fair sex was inevitably going to lead of a metaphysical inferiority – exploited by Simone de Beauvoir in her brilliantly perverse book, "The Second Sex." Those who fall into the traps of this book will draw the conclusion that in order for women to equal men that is, with the strong and "nobly productive" sex, they must wage war on the cause of this degradation namely: maternity. It is high time that women should liberate themselves from the unbearable burden put on the female body with its menstrual periods, the threat of pregnancy, the pains of childbirth and the time consuming act of breast feeding. They should be given full control over their body and have a holy right to decide whether or not they will choose pregnancy: any means enabling them to favor this free decision, should be welcome, including abortion. To give birth which, from the beginning, has been recognized to be a blessing is, according to the great friend of Jean Paul Sartre, done better and more efficiently by rabbits and hens.