One of my Google Alerts took me to Anecdotal Evidence, a blog which bills itself as being "about the intersection of books and life."
In a recent post blogger Patrick Krup shares this letter from a friend:
I'd been pondering the general topic [of tradition] since I sat near a group of women in a Starbucks one day a couple of weeks ago and was forced to listen to them discuss why the Catholic church was moronic for not ordaining women.
Not being Catholic myself, I didn't have much stake in the argument but I was astonished by their blithe assumption that the tradition of the Church was utterly without value and further, that their own opinions deserved equal weight with those of, say, Augustine of Hippo or Aquinas.
I wish I could have recorded it, so I could play it back for anyone who doubts that we're awash in narcissism. It was jaw-dropping. Maybe this is what comes of too much democracy.
Patrick's unnamed (and non-Catholic!) friend had managed to put his or her finger on the reason I feel so irritated by priestess wannabes and their supporters: they totally deny the importance and value of Tradition in the Catholic Church. The only things that matter to them are their desires and their feelings. What the Church has done for 2,000 years - and why she has done it - they dismiss as utterly irrelevant.
"Awash in narcissism" is a perfect description of these people.