New legal thriller Created Equal goes where no other lawyer dramas have gone: inside the Catholic Church’s continued condemnation of the ordination of women. Could a woman who wants to become a priest use the law to her advantage? We talked to author R.A. Brown about whether the church might ever change its ways, what the legal issues are, and how modern Catholics feel about female priesthood.
We obviously support ordaining women, but why do you think it’s particularly important?
In order for one to be a priest, that person first must have a calling to the vocation from God. Let’s take two people who both have the calling and are both spiritual and essentially have all the traits to be a successful priest. The church, however, and not God, says one is qualified and the other is not solely because of the lack of male genitals. That is the only difference between the two people. What does the presence of a penis have to do with being a priest when a priest is forbidden to use it in a sexual manner anyway? There are no male genitals involved in the performance of priestly duties, so why the qualification? Unless God has instructed otherwise, man is interfering with a calling from God, which doesn’t make any sense and is discrimination on the highest level.