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Wednesday, April 7, 2004

Men barred from sunrise Easter services.

So the Roman Catholic bishop of Atlanta doesn't just think that Jesus' masculinity makes it impossible for women to stand in Christ's place at the altar. He also apparently believes that the masculinity of the Twelve makes it impossible for women to take the disciples' place in the Holy Thursday foot-washing ritual. Has he bothered to read John 13:1-11? Did he completely miss the point?

If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.

Do as I do — but not to women? That's a good pastoral model. Or perhaps he's such a literalist that this year, in honor of Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women who first arrived at the empty tomb, no men will be allowed to attend sunrise Easter services.

The best response to the bishop's decision is from Kathleen Pruit: "A shepherd who cares only for the rams won't have a flock for very long."

Copyright © 2004 by Philocrites | Posted 7 April 2004 at 5:25 PM

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