I am kind of wondering just what message the Roman Catholic Church was trying to send when it issued, on Thursday, a set of revisions to its internal laws. They did seem to make it easier to discipline sex-abuser priests, but then made the ordination of women priests as grave offense as pedophilia.
"A new set of directives from the Vatican marginally increase the Church's vigilance against paedophile priests (Bishops are now encouraged, but not required, to report rapist priests to civil authorities); however, the same document includes a list of "more grave delicts" that are on par with raping children. On that list are "heresy, apostasy, schism" and ordaining woman priests."Will they issue a new set of penances that include dunking or and the revival of the good old auto-de-fe?