View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Women's Commission Seeks Members (Men Need Not Apply)

I saw the following notice at the Catholic Courier website:

The Diocese of Rochester's Women's Commission is seeking new members.

The Women's Commission serves as an advisory board to Bishop Matthew H. Clark, who appoints members to their positions on the commission. Members of the commission advise the bishop on issues of concern to women in the church and in society. The commission advocates for the role of women in the church and the community and provides its members with opportunities to share the richness of their gifts.

Interested women are invited to apply to join the commission. Current commission members will review all applications and make recommendations to Bishop Clark.


Nothing against the Women's Commission. I'm sure they do fine work and provide the Bishop with plenty of good advice.

But are men unqualified to provide such advice? What about guys like me who raised daughters? And it seems to me that women are welcome to take part in groups that deal with issues of concern to men - like a vocation to the priesthood or the permanent diaconate. So why not men providing insights about women's issues?

And is there a Men's Commission? Only open to men? After all, men have concerns these days, and I'm sure the Bishop could use some advice about helping guys with finding more opportunities to share the richness of their gifts.

Maybe they could at least form a men's axillary to the Women's Commission. Possibly the men could wash the dishes while the women meet. Or maybe mow the lawn.

2 Comments:

Blogger Barb, sfo said...

I'm with you!!! It really only serves to divide when people insist on serving the special interests of small groups, be they women, certain ethnic groups, or whatever.

7:51 PM  
Blogger Barb, sfo said...

I'm with you!!! It really only serves to divide when people insist on serving the special interests of small groups, be they women, certain ethnic groups, or whatever.

7:51 PM  

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