Tuesday, 12 March 2013

The new pope will be ... a man!



A couple years ago I attended an award ceremony at work. My team was nominated for redefining the way Pepsi did business. The ceremony was held at a fancy location and a well-known comedian came in to host the evening. When the time came to hand out the last award, the company's six vice presidents - all men - joined the CEO on the stage. The comedian could not resist the chance to crack a joke, saying it was good to see gender equality alive and well at Pepsico. Ouch!

I could practically feel the CEO cringing. Those of us who worked there knew he championed diversity and went out of his way to push for a work-life balance  that would make it easier for women to juggle family and careers (especially in my native Mexico, where gender roles are still very traditional). When I joined the company in 2005 the male-female ratio in the was roughly 50/50. 

This was true for most of the levels in the organization. Even our marketing directors were split between both genders, we had one man and two women at the helm. The global chairman is also a woman; the brilliant Indra Nooyi.  PepsiCo is by no means a male dominated company, but as luck would have it, both of the company's female VP's had left a few months earlier. Nevertheless, the comment still stung. 


This memory resurfaced today as I watched a steady stream of cardinals enter the conclave at the Vatican. Whatever happens, this new pope will not be a woman. Its not because the women dropped out of the race; making a perfectly valid decision to have children instead of pursuing a career (ahem, vocation) in the Church. This is an organization that makes a conscious decision to fail the diversity test.  If they were so inclined, I am sure the Church could find female candidates in their ranks. For example, my elementary school was run by a Catholic nun who would have jumped at the chance to become a priest-ess. Instead, Sister Kathleen ruled our school with an iron fist. 

For various reasons, the Church now finds itself in a situation where it needs to adapt or watch its numbers dwindle. Though some may argue that Church policy is not a democracy, its members do have the option of finding a different spiritual path. As a former Catholic, I sincerely hope the man elected will have what it takes to get with the times.

On a positive note, the Church hasn't fallen too far behind (in the overall scheme of things). Women have only been able to vote in America for 100 years. We have only been considered equals in the work force for a few decades. The Church has been around for 2K years and is typically slow to adjust, especially to new cultural trends. I think it is now safe to say that gender equality is not a fad. 

Personally, if this is too much of a stretch for the Church, I would at least argue for priests who are able to marry and have kids. If that were they case they would be in touch with the pressures of family life and would be able to give practical advice. I also think the Church would be less likely to cover up child abuse if its officials were actually parents. 



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4 comments:

  1. HI Regina, what a great post! You're (beautifully) articulating an issue that, more and more, is becoming openly important for many of us. And that's what it's gonna take - more open support for issues that run counter to what's currently taking place.

    I love what you're saying, and for the time being, I'd be thrilled to see marriage and children open up for priests. I can imagine this being something that could only enrich their understanding of the people they are serving/helping.

    Thanks Regina!

    Robin

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    1. Hi Robin! Thank you so much for the feedback. Sometimes I wonder if I should voice my personal opinions as that can be polarising, or just talk about angels, guides and healing. So it was really encouraging =)

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    2. Gena - do it. The world needs your opinion, authentically real and totally you! (of course, that is MY opinion, woman!)
      xo
      Robin

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  2. ps ... "Voice my opinions on this blog" of course ... but if I don't do it here then what's the point lol =)

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