Nowhere does the break between conservative and liberal elements within the Catholic Church appear more disastrous than when reflecting upon and acting upon this seminal issue.

Where the conservative popes proclaim women becoming priests as virtually not even any longer an item of discussion—an argument whose vacuity is chronicled in the excellent resource: “The Papal “No” : A Comprehensive Guide to the Vatican’s Rejection of Women’s Ordination”, by Deborah Halter, former executive director of the Women’s Ordination Conference, the oldest and most respected of the nonprofit organizations’ advocating for discussion on the issue—the liberal position seems in support of women as priests, with, reportedly, some bishops even ordaining women as priests and bishops secretly.

Historically there have been many such instances of papal intractability around social issues—such as the centuries of papal support for slavery—that eventually comes to accommodation with evolved thinking and I feel this too will occur with this issue; for it cannot continue as it is with the vast penetration of women into the highest levels of the American secular world, just this week a woman was appointed as CEO of General Motors, and the deepening realization within the Catholic Church that continued designation of women to secondary status is just not right.