06 May 2009

Oh, come on!

This from Catholic World News:

The commandant of the Swiss Guard, Colonel Daniel Anrig, has indicated that he could be open to allowing women to enter the 500-year-old Vatican force. To date the Swiss Guard has been open only to Swiss Catholic men between the ages of 19 and 30. Colonel Anrig said that he could see problems with allowing women recruits, such as the shortage of housing, but "every problem can be resolved." The commandant made his remarks on May 6 as the Swiss Guard conducted its annual swearing-in ceremonies for 32 new members.

Ok, so there are no sacramental or moral reasons why women couldn't become members of the Swiss Guard. But does every tradition have to be maimed? Can't there just be some "guy things?" The Swiss Guard has a fascinating and venerable history. Can't we just leave it at that? Not everything is a barrier to be breached. Some things should just be left as they are because that's what makes them what they are.