From NBC, Chicago-style:
"I am disobeying an unjust law," Zeman, 60, told the Chicago Tribune. "I'm not doing this for myself. I'm doing this for the generations of women to come, because I don't want those women to have the fight I've had."
Begging aside, that's mighty big of her. What I mean is: that's mighty big of her ego. Key words: "I" and "myself", used six times in two sentences.
Here's what I don't understand about priestettes. Or priestette wanna-bes. They say that the Church is "unjust" and bigoted and prejudiced against women. They rail against "male power" and the "patriarchy" and insist the Magisterium has it wrong about the ordination of women.
So why do they want to be priesettes in such a Church? Because, thinking it through logically, their accusations, if true, ultimately mean that the Catholic Church either does not have divine origins, or is not true to the teachings of Jesus (that is, he actually is not against priestettes), or the teachings of Jesus are false (he was against priestettes, but he was wrong). Zeman doesn't provide much help in this regard:
Hmmmm.... "the goal". What is it? Again, applying simple logic, the priestette's view of the Catholic Church must be a variation of these perspectives: 1) the Church is a man-made institution that must change with the times, or 2) the Church is an institution founded by Christ but under the control of men who hold beliefs contrary to those of Christ. In the first case, the most logical thing to do, as a radical feminist-type, is to simply attack and destroy the Catholic Church. And, of course, there are many feminists and their supporters who do just that; they, I think, are far more logical than women such as Zeman, who seem to operate in a fuzzy, confused world of nostalgia intermingled with feminist politics.
In the second case, it seems absolutely nonsensical to be working to be ordained and given offiical recognition by the very men who represent and defend the very thing you detest and oppose. Again, it seems more logical to simply scrap the entire thing and say, "Hey, we are the true Church! We don't need the Catholic Church!" If the bishops suddenly stated, "Whoops! Our mistake! We just realized that women can and should be ordained!", it would still mean that priestettes would be ordained and recognized by the very authority they detest as patriarchical and male-dominated. It would also mean (to repeat what I've already said) that infallible teaching can be fallible, which means the Catholic Church is a complete farce. And who, really, wants to be ordained and given props by a farcical Church (yes, yes, I know—waaaay too many people)?
In all seriousness, I think it's a fascinating issue. And I'm more and more convinced that the strange mixture of nostalgia and irrational feminism, as well as the obsessive, ideological desire to be in a visible position of "power", has a lot to do with it. That said, it has nothing to do with theology, even though the entire issue is rooted in theology, especially matters of Christology, anthropology, and ecclesiology. But if there is one thing that seems quite obvious about these women, it's that they are theologically illiterate. Of course, I'm sure they would beg to differ.