The Anchoress is in rare form today:
To suppress the will of the Holy Spirit—to suppress the will of God—is a wicked thing. To charge the church with doing so is to make a serious accusation of wickedness—one bound to have repercussions lasting beyond the heat of a moment. It is to label the church as antichrist.
So the Reporter does not do it. Instead, the editorial board rests the crux of its argument on the wisdom of Roy Bourgeois, the recently laicized Maryknoll priest:
Bourgeois brings this issue to the real heart of the matter. He has said that no one can say who God can and cannot call to the priesthood, and to say that anatomy is somehow a barrier to God’s ability to call one of God’s own children forward places absurd limits on God’s power. The majority of the faithful believe this.Stipulating that the majority of fourteen year-olds might believe this, and that much of society appears to have a case of arrested development that has seriously impacted their ability to reason a thing out beyond the twin tyrannies of sentimentalism and utilitarianism, one has to acknowledge the extraordinary speciousness of that argument which boils down to, “you’re not the boss of us, and who died and made you popes, anyway?”
I love that last bit; it cuts right to the heart of the matter. Just as marriage can't be whatever-we-decide-it-should-be, neither is the vocation to priesthood. Christ used very distinct sacramental signs in each instance. We don't anoint our heads with chocolate syrup or baby lotion, we don't give people a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on their deathbed or consecrate grape juice on the altar, and we don't ordain women.