Cover of a 2008 Gospel Today claims that female pastors are finally beginning to break the stained glass ceiling.

As a former Roman Catholic, I am not surprised and yet am saddened that Pope Benedict XVI lately reconfirmed his infamous conservatism by enunciating (again) that women “must not” be ordained as priests.  His reasons, IMHO, are archaic and will not be uttered here. I greive with the many nuns with whom I have spoken in my lifetime who feel created for and called to more than what they are allowed to do within their Holy Orders. “Go preach the Word on our behalf, sister!” encouraged several nuns during the summer when I did an internship at a Catholic hospital in my hometown of San Antonio, TX. I was the first Protestant ministerial candidate to intern there. “We know God wants women to preach…the call is in our own hearts and here you are!”

The question still abounds, namely should women be ordained?  It is troubling that we are still talking about this and believing that we should be asking should. I could get on my soap box and rail about this as I have many, many times in the past.  Instead today I’ll celebrate progress in Protestant circles.  According to a September 2009 Barna Group report, the number of female pastors has doubled in the last decade.  Now one out of every ten Protestant churches is being led by a female pastor.

While we’re celebrating, I’ll also offer some laughter (sardonic as it may be). Credit goes to christian feminism (I love their tagline: because we’ve read the whole Book.) for the original post. Enjoy the tongue-in-cheek comments offered here.  These are purposefully ridiculous and make a thinly veiled point…many arguments against the ordination of females are equally as such.

Top 10 reasons why men shouldn’t be clergy…

10. A man’s place is in the army.

9. For men who have children, their duties might distract them from the responsibilities of being a parent.

8. Their physical build indicates that men are more suited to tasks such as chopping down trees and wrestling mountain lions. It would be “unnatural” for them to do other forms of work.

7. Man was created before woman. It is therefore obvious that man was a prototype. Thus, they represent an experiment, rather than the crowning achievement of creation.

6. Men are too emotional to be priests or pastors. This is easily demonstrated by their conduct at football games and watching basketball tournaments.

5. Some men are handsome; they will distract women worshipers.

4. To be ordained pastor is to nurture the congregation. But this is not a traditional male role. Rather, throughout history, women have been considered to be not only more skilled than men at nurturing, but also more frequently attracted to it. This makes them the obvious choice for ordination.

3. Men are overly prone to violence. No really manly man wants to settle disputes by any means other than by fighting about it. Thus, they would be poor role models, as well as being dangerously unstable in positions of leadership.

2. Men can still be involved in church activities, even without being ordained. They can sweep paths, repair the church roof, change the oil in the church vans, and maybe even lead the singing on Father’s Day. By confining themselves to such traditional male roles, they can still be vitally important in the life of the Church.

1. In the New Testament account, the person who betrayed Jesus was a man. Thus, his lack of faith and ensuing punishment stands as a symbol of the subordinated position that all men should take.