Pandaemonium and Priestesses
Pope Francis has promised a group of elderly progressive nuns that he’s going to look into the question of “ordaining” women deacons (something definitively ruled out by Pope St John Paul II). The possibility of Communion for unrepentant adulterers and now this! Pope Francis certainly doesn’t let the grass grow under his feet.
Can anyone doubt that women deacons are merely a stalking horse for priestesses? Pope Francis may not think so , but you may be sure those nuns do. The blog Ignatius His Conclave imagines how C.S. Lewis’s devil Screwtape might react:
The Pandaemonium Club
666, Pall Mall
London, SW1Y 5EP
May we at the Pandaemonium Club express our heartfelt admiration at the progress of your pontificate? We had not hoped for so much in so short a time. Yours is a ministry of surprise and spontaneity, which we at the Club can only applaud.
Doctrine in the Catholic Church has always seemed to Club members to be weighed down by tradition and overly concerned with consistency. Your Holiness, in throwing caution to the winds and speaking from the heart without fear or premeditation, has opened a new era in relations between the Holy See and our own scarcely less venerable Society.
After ‘The Joys of Sex’, the ordination of women deacons! Things are certainly on the move.
I have been asked by the Committee, to offer you Life Membership, as a sign of our apprectiation.
Should you honour us by your acceptance, a chair by the fire will be reserved in the smoking room for your sole use, where I am sure you will feel completely at home.
Jeremy Huntingdon Screwtape, KCMG