The debate on female altar servers continue. Some people are able to make their case very well without resorting to stereotypes and insults and others - well, let's just say they perpetuate the assertion some hold that the Catholic Church is rife with misogynists.
One priest said if female altar servers have been drawn to religious vocations, he's unaware of it. Then there are the claims that the reason parents can't get their sons to serve is because they don't want to serve with girls.
I'm not going to re-hash the reasons why I permitted my daughter to serve at the Novus Ordo until this past year. They had nothing to do with equality and everything to do with the boys in our parish not being willing to step forward. We have, as we should, an all-male crew at the TLM. Do you know how many parishioners have stepped forward to join them? None. Zippo. Our servers all come from different parishes and the ones who are members became members AFTER they became servers.
To the credit of the priest who inadvertently started this latest firestorm, he did not merely seek to "get rid" of female servers. He gave them an opportunity to serve the Lord as sacristans. If a priest does not wish to have female servers, he should not have them, just as he should not feel forced to permit the optional exchange of peace when he celebrates Mass.
To be sure, there are women who believe they have a right to ordination and that serving at the altar is the first step toward that heresy. But by and large, most of the young ladies I know who serve or have served come from faithful Catholic families and they do not have an agenda except love for the Lord and His Holy Church.
Unfortunately, I passed the copy on to a priest friend who does not want girls on the altar with him, but I saw an interesting letter in a recent copy of The Adoremus Bulletin. An elderly priest, ordained sixty-something years ago, wrote to say that there were parishes he served that forbade girls at the altar that didn't have a single vocation to the priesthood, while the parish that did allow them had a substantial number of vocations to the religious life.
I couldn't care less whether girls are allowed to serve or not. I'm just offering my two cents worth that not every little girl who serves has aspirations of crashing the seminary. That's as ridiculous an assertion as the one forwarded by those women who believe they have a "right" to become priests.
“Ah! Poor women, how they are misunderstood! And yet they love God in much larger numbers than men do and during the Passion of Our Lord, women had more courage than the apostles since they braved the insults of the soldiers and dared to dry the adorable Face of Jesus. It is undoubtedly because of this that He allows misunderstanding to be their lot on earth, since He chose it for Himself. In heaven, He will show that His thoughts are not men’s thoughts, for then the last will be first”. St. Therese of Lisieux