My very devout 72 yr old Catholic sister in Pennsylvania has labored in the Lord’s vineyard all her life. At age 68, she returned to college and earned a masters degree in theology. She has devoted her life to the Catholic Church and raised eight devout Catholic children. Recently, a man in her parish, who had left the church 20 yrs ago, returned and was immediately made a deacon. The only thing he had that my sister didn’t is a penis. That seems a small thing on which to base a job description. Women are over half of the world’s population and an even larger proportion of dedicated Catholics. The church is missing a wonderful opportunity to use the resources of intelligent, deeply spiritual, dedicated members by excluding them.