The ministry was the profession that suffered most--and still suffers, though there has been great improvement--on account of not only ignorant but in many cases immoral men who claimed that they were "called to
preach." In the earlier days of freedom almost every coloured man who learned to read would receive "a call to preach" within a few days after he began reading.
CATHOLIC readers have been continuing the conversation on women who feel called to the priesthood.
Heidi Schlumpf told the stories of five women who claim to be called to the priesthood.
In John Paul's apostolic letter Ordinatio Sacerdotalis the pope clearly states that only men are called to be priests.
"You're not called to the priesthood--you can't be.
These five women represent all women who believe that they are called to be true to themselves.
As we are saved by grace through faith, we are at the same time called to
make Christ known to the world.
We are called to work for the harvest and to produce the work of our hands.
In relationships, we are called to fidelity, and though that does not preclude the dire reality of divorce, it can hardly mean divorce 50 percent of the time.
"Aren't we called to mirror God's loving kindness?" he asks.
CATHOLIC posed those questions to five women who feel called to ordination.
You have to simply do what you feel called to do, and let God take them on."
"Here a 9-year-old was being called to liturgical ministry, but I had an M.Div.
Trujillo recalls how at WOC's recent 25th anniversary celebration in Milwaukee, women who felt called to ordination were invited to stand.
He said he had never before been approached by a woman who felt called to ordination," she recalls.