The debate over ordaining women in the Catholic Church is one of the most contentious — and that’s saying something, given that Catholics are contending over just about anything these days. (Fish on Fridays? Communion in the hand? Pro multis or pro omnia?)

Now comes a new viral video from the Women’s Ordination Conference — titled “Ordain a Lady,” it is a riff on Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.” That provenance alone should be enough to scare you off, if you have a daughter in the house who has played “Call Me Maybe” into her Daddy’s earworm.

Liberals are loving on the video, and conservatives who take it seriously are outraged at the blasphemy.

I just winced, and wondered if I’m being a snob. My other thoughts: will this help the cause, or hurt it?

SURGEON GENERAL’S WARNING: You won’t be able to unwatch this video.

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David Gibson

David Gibson

David Gibson is a national reporter for RNS and an award-winning religion journalist, author and filmmaker. He has written several books on Catholic topics. His latest book is on biblical artifacts: "Finding Jesus: Faith. Fact. Forgery," which was also the basis of a popular CNN series.


  1. How else better to make false religion into a complete joke. Gut it of scripture, eviscerate principle, tell God what he meant to say and finally… Give it a Carly Rae Simon soundtrack.

    Satan is achieving his goal. He’s completely exposed the sham of his false religion. His mockery of Christ and God. Too bad most are too blind to “see”.

    The sad part is, people just hear what they want and will keep accumulating teachers to tickle their ears. They will not be brought truth or Godly wisdom.

    Continue to dance on Satan’s puppet stings. For broad and spacious is the Road leading off into destruction.

  2. This video is a disgrace! I wish these women put that much energy into actually doing something useful for the Church they ‘profess’ to be so concerned about and want to serve. The Woman’s Ordination Conference has to be the most misguided and confused organization that exists – do they really think dancing around is going to change something? Maybe the should try jumping up and down in the ocean!

  3. I tried my hardest TWO times to watch the entire video, but I just couldn’t get through it. It’s so bad. I was alone and I was embarrassed. There is no way they can be serious. It’s not possible.

  4. I LOVED this video. I’m so much older than the folks in this video, and I have pretty much given up on the Catholic Church ever atoning for their toxic scandals, much less becoming relevant or courageous. This video gives me hope that there are young people out there that can haul this old patriarchal and debilitated institution into the sunlight and into the 21st century. Cover-ups and immunity and holier-than-thou attitudes are not only harmful to society, but now, thanks heavens, they are hurting the Catholic Church as well. I actually like the Church better, thinking about this video and the nuns-on-the-bus tour. There is hope, if only those who actually celebrate Jesus with good works and song can overcome the absolute power hold of the Vatican.

  5. I loved the sentiment and thought that the young women in the video were aptly expressing how they feel. I am an older person and may have expressed my sentiments differently. I pray that everyone can answer whatever calling they believe they are receiving from God, or whomever/whatever they believe in. I respect these women and wish them the best in answering their call. May their God be truly with them throughout their struggle and may those that are in the way of them answer their calling redirect their attention to their own lives and souls.

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