I am not Catholic. But I do recognize the opportunity religious leaders have to lift people, even if the structures of religions can sometimes also imprison them, and limit their rise. But I have to say, this idea of E. J. Dionne's, in a column for the Washington Post, lights me the hell up:
Nonetheless, handing leadership to a woman - and in particular, to a nun - would vastly strengthen Catholicism, help the church solve some of its immediate problems and inspire many who have left the church to look at it with new eyes ...
... Electing a nun as pope would electrify women all over the world.
Imagine one of these nuns in the seat of power. So unlikely. But exciting.
Dionne points out that it's been the sisters of this church who have been at the center of its work for justice, and compassion. "Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these my brethren, you did for me." Matthew 25:40
Are church men the most credible for the Catholic teachings against abortion? I'll disagree with any Catholic woman, nun or not, proposing a limit to women's reproductive education and freedom. But with a woman in church leadership, now, that would be a conversation. The church's - particularly this Pope's - protection of its pedophiliacs has defined it for a generation. Would a hierarchy that included women put the careers of priests over the needs of children made fragile by abuse?
It's an interesting question. Catholics, what do you think?