Girls no longer will be allowed as altar servers during Mass at the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, SS. Simon and Jude. The Rev. John Lankeit, rector of the cathedral, said he made the decision in hopes of promoting the priesthood for males and other religious vocations, such as becoming a nun, for females.


GET THEE TO A NUNNERY! — 11 Comments

  1. From whence does John think vocations come? They come from God, not from who’s absent from the altar. I remember attending a Catholic mass where the bishop had come to visit and, in preaching, made a plea for more vocations to the priesthood. And I heard this screaming in my head, “You’re getting vocations. You just don’t like the package they’re coming in!”

    Years later, while in seminary, I found women refugees from Catholicism bringing their vocations with them to where they could live them out.

    wv=mumst. Make of it what you will.

  2. “The girls” should stay home from church and withhold their contributions for a couple of months then evaluate whether it is worth it to return.

  3. I am sure one way to attract men expressing vocations is to be more hostile towards women — NOT!

    Although, there are some men who might be attracted, I think we call them “perverts.”


  4. So that cinches it! Roman Vocations come from the desire to play “dress-up” and stand at the altar.

    (Alas this is also true with a few vocations in the Episcopal Church but at least it’s not an official policy)

  5. Although the actions of the Rector are mysogynistic, misguided and down right hurtful, there is nothing to indicate that he will abuse anyone physically. No need to demononize the man for something he may not have done. He has enough to answer for already.

  6. I don’t think anyone is accusing him of anything of the sort. We are just putting forward the possibility that he isn’t interested in the priestly vocations of women because he isn’t interested in women full stop (period). This is certainly the case with many of our Anglo-Catholic clergy in England who refuse to contemplate female orders.