Women and the Priesthood ft. Emily Archer

So...WHY can't women be priests?

After abortion, this is probably the largest reason secular feminists don't think Catholic feminists are in the "club". We claim membership to an institution with a male-only leadership model. But...does that mean we can't be feminists? Why CAN'T women be priests? Is these a fruitful conversation? Is the reason women can't be priests because we wouldn't be "good" at it? Can you be in a Church where you struggle with some of the teachings? We talk about all this and more on the podcast today with Emily Archer, a blogger from FemCatholic. Emily talks about why she's always struggled with this Church teaching, what she's learned when doing research for the blog, and how she remains in a Church that talks a tough talk. This episode was particularly important to me as this is a topic I get asked about a lot, and I don't always know how to answer. I hope you enjoy our conversation and that you feel seen, known, and understood. 

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Topics discussed:

  • Why Emily decided to go to grad school for speech pathology
  • How she got involved with FemCatholic
  • Why Emily started diving into the topic of women and the priesthood
  • The importance of asking difficult questions
  • The arguments against women priests that drive us nuts 
  • Which reasonings and arguments actually make sense to us
  • How to stay in a Church you struggle with at times
  • Why we ultimately agree with the Church

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