Women in religious office

First and foremost, I'd like to clarify that I am not intending on showing any religion in bad light instead only put forth my personal view on this particular matter of current news.
Vatican says Anglican church's plan for women bishops 'a step backwards'
Indian City Opens Doorway to Female Hindu Priests
I surely don't like the idea of allowing only 'Male' human to take up clergy position. In this 21st century I think Vatican is being completely backward in not recognizing rights of all humans irrespective of their gender or choices. Why are women second class citizen of religion? I wonder why billion people who are Roman Catholic Christians not question this! I am happy that Hinduism has take step in right direction or rather realized that there is no hierarchy in faith! Hinduism has acceptance for everyone irrespective of gender or choices. I wish I could find more information on reasons why Vatican is so much against women bishops ( and I am assuming here it includes even priesthood). I am also looking for reasons why in catholics Priest cannot marry.
This is very similar to an intriguing fact that United states of America gained its independence in 1776 but women's suffrage happened nearly century and half later in 1920! I noted following interesting information from wikipedia
Women's suffrage denied or conditioned
* Brunei — Women (and men) have been denied the right to vote or to stand for election since 1962.[18]
* Lebanon — Partial suffrage. Proof of elementary education is required for women but not for men. Voting is compulsory for men but optional for women.
* Saudi Arabia — No suffrage for women. The first local elections ever held in the country occurred in 2005. Women were not given the right to vote or to stand for election.
* United Arab Emirates — Limited, but will be fully expanded by 2010.
* Vatican City — No suffrage for women; while most men in the Vatican also lack the vote, all persons with suffrage in Papal conclaves (the Cardinals) are male.
Isn't it interesting that Vatican is grouped with Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates? :)


Juneli said...

Interesting Post. :-)

I saw some women doing pooja and giving pravach in bhagwat puran (which is done for 7 days) too.

That's really a good news.

And there is no doubt Hindu is the most liberal religion in the world.

Jyoti said...

That was really intersting to read :)

keep it up