Never too old to be gutsy
I’m not Catholic and do respect the basic tenants of this wonderful religion. However, as with anything, there are times and places when change can keep people engaged rather than have them go away from the flock.
Maybe there have not been women ordained as priests for centuries because women were in a different role in cultures around the world.
As I did research for my book “GUTSY: How Women Leaders make Change”, I was amazed and appreciative about how societies are changing and women are taking more active roles in all areas outside the home.
Women have become more daring and men more caring. Thus in the 21st Century, there is a capacity to share the rigors and the gentleness of life in new and healthy ways. We are not stuck in behavior patterns that say “this is the one and only way to do thing”.
A 92-year-old Jesuit priest celebrating mass with a woman priest would have been unthinkable in decades past. I am sure in his 20’s, 30’s and even 40’s, Reverend Bill Brennan, a Jesuit priest, would have seen this as mission impossible.
I want to give a shout out for the courage to stand up and be seen and in the words of our “Total Leadership Connections” program, stand on the shoulders of the past rather than just repeating it.
Originally posted on examiner.com