An open letter to Pope Francis

Your Holiness,

As you know, mankind continues to stand on the precarious precipice of truth and faith. You not only hold the highest earthly position in the Catholic Church, but you are considered by billions of people on this planet as a world leader.

With the Earth being more connected, at practically the speed of light, our technologies deliver more data, dogma and demonic acts than ever before. You, as one human with the largest pulpit known to man, must do something remarkable to move the Earth’s population toward the peace and love and truth as taught by the man the world knows as Jesus.

Without women, we have no mankind. Without women, we would have no connection to God and the Holy Spirit billions of people believe will guard them on judgment day. The truth is organized religion has not been very kind to women. The denial from your priests, bishops, archbishops and those in the Holy See that women are truly equal to men in the eyes of God is quite frankly, inexcusable.

Most modern people are alarmed when reading this passage from 1 Corinthians 14:33-35: Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church. To use this as the basis of policy of the church shows an amazing disconnection with the learned reality of people living today.

As a member of a tax-free, amendment protected entity here in the United States, you should be keenly aware that it is against the law to discriminate against someone on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. You also must know that the rules against women participating in the priesthood, is counter to the moral value of equality. Our law also makes it illegal to retaliate against a person if they complain about discrimination. We should ask those Nuns who asked for the rules to be changed if they were the victims of retaliation. Or were those who brought legal actions against the church for crimes against children, not also the victims of retaliation from high-priced lawyers and legal schemes to avoid recompenses. It’s all in black and white.

You must stand up against the intolerance of thousands of years of inequality and marginalization of females in the world by declaring women totally equal to men and design your church for the future. Equal pay for equal work was a start, but isn’t it time to send a message to all who follow the God of Abraham that this blind commitment of keeping women shrouded by ignorance and devalued by arcane rules must stop.

When I was a young boy, it was against the rules to eat meat on Friday. That rule went away, why? Because the Vatican realized the absurdity of the practice and it was lifted. Eating meat on Friday was never a sin, but prohibiting women from being priests, is clearly in conflict with the spirit of the words of Jesus? If I may be so bold, you might pray on that Your Holiness. 

It’s time to send the right message. Free women from the yoke of men’s insecurities and empower the women of the world. How can you make a woman a Saint, but not let her be a priest, bishop, archbishop and even a Pope someday? Your words would change the world. And if you make the world a better place; wouldn’t that please God?

Dwight C. Douglas

Author: If God Could Talk…

White Plains, NY