How would we address priestesses?
Scenes such as this bring up the question, "How would we address priestesses?"
Think any feminist ideologues would like being called "Father?" "Brother?"
"Mother" is already taken -- by centuries' worth of devoted, faithful sister superiors. For example: Mother Teresa, Mother Angelica.
"Sister" is already taken, too, for that matter.
Maybe "Spiritual Parent" would do. "Parental Unit?" "Sibling?" How about "Citizen," as in the French Revolution? Maybe "Comrade?"
Probably the only form of address that would satisfy feminists' pretensions would be, "Pope." But, after all, feminists have proved they think they know more than the Popes -- by, for instance, holding their pretend-ordinations.
Of course, feminists would not want to ever be Pope, because, as the joke goes, then they would lose their infallibility.
Another question is whether they would want to be married priestesses. That would open up a whole new can of form-of-address worms.
So, all in all, we might just have to settle for calling priestesses "Reverend" and leave it at that.
But as Duke Wayne would say, "That'll be the day."
What do you think?
Photo: The Independent, Santa Barbara.