This story is from March, but I didn't have time to do anything with it at the time.
...Speaking at an event at Georgetown University last week, Pelosi said that she had been "attracted" to the notion of being a priest because of the power of the clerical office. But she added it was disappointing Pope Francis had not permitted the ordination of women to the Catholic priesthood.
"Every day [priests] have the power … of turning bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ, that is real power, now we're talking power, and that's why I was more attracted to that than being a nun," Pelosi said during a conversation with Rev. Jim Wallis, the director of the Georgetown University Center on Faith and Justice, according to the Washington Examiner.
A story like this most likely needs no commentary. Just count the number of times Ms. Pelosi used one particular word:
"Every day [priests] have the power … of turning bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ, that is real power, now we're talking POWER, and that's why I was more attracted to that than being a nun..."
That made me think of...
Now, there's truth here.
God's Power is real, and it is an astounding truth of our faith that he entrusts some of that power to human beings, in a very obvious way, to priests. As former Speaker Palpa-, er, Pelosi said, "that's real power"! (I'd loved to have been at her talk, just to see the force lightning erupt from her fingertips.)
I might add, bishops have the same power, and even more: they ordain priests and other bishops. The entire existence of the Church on earth depends, in a sense, on them. If every bishop on earth disappeared, there would never be any more priests, and no more bishops to ordain them. We would no longer have the Eucharist. We would have but the sacraments of baptism and matrimony, and our own acts of contrition in place of the power --
POWER! UNLIMITED POWER!!!!
Please, Ms. Pelosi, settle down! (Hands her a gold ring to hold on to)
Now, what was I saying? Oh yes, acts of contrition in place of the p-, er, sacrament of confession. And in place of the sacrament of anointing, we'd have...Our own prayers for healing. It would be terribly sad to lose so much of our treasure as Catholics, but...
Do you realize that many times in the life of the Church, that's exactly what many Christians, even many Catholics, experienced? In Mexico and England and France, among other places, bishops were driven out and priests were hunted. The Catholic Faith first came to Korea by way of laypeople, who baptized and shared the teachings of Christ, and they prayed for priests to bring them the rest of the sacraments; that took awhile. Meanwhile, with but the grace of baptism, with nothing other then faith, they found (looks around to see where Rep. Pelosi went, drops to a whisper)...
to evangelize, and even to die for the faith. They are martyrs under the Lord's throne!
Nor forget our Protestant brothers and sisters, who with only baptism and matrimony, have so often put us Catholics to shame with their witness, even to death.
That all sounds like, well (looks around furtively), I don't want to say it out loud, because, well, you know. That (mouthing the word silently) belongs to every believer.
I won't deny that some priests and bishops and higher-ups in the church have the same lust for you-know-what. My point is, that's not what any of this is about. It is hard to think of a worse way to approach the priesthood, or to decide why this or that person should be ordained. I provided the image at the head of this to remind you that, yes, Smeagol did crave that power, and tremendous evil came as a result. But what became of that lust of his? And if you haven't read the book or seen the film...look, squirrel!