“If Only Women Were in Charge”

Charlene Spretnak at NCR writes, “Compromised hierarchy needs relational wisdom of women.”

The relational wisdom of women is desperately needed if church leaders are to demonstrate that they have truly absorbed the implications of the sexual abuse scandal and are committed to a concomitant level of change. The crisis has destroyed whatever rationalization there was for the recently reinvigorated patterns of overlooking women for high administrative positions, discouraging lay ministries, disallowing altar girls, harassing communities of nuns, and refusing to even discuss female ordination.

But would women do anything different? Fr. Tom Doyle doesn’t think so. He looks at the track record of women’s religious orders, as does Fr. John Z.