Here's a quote from Father Melancholy's Daughter that relates to the Women Unbound reading challenge. Mrs. Dunbar, the woman Margaret roomed with while in college, is talking with Margaret (p. 107):
"You girls today have so many choices. In my day you got married or maybe if you were real brave you taught school or became a nurse. Nowadays girls can be jockeys or steelworkers . . . or even priests. Funny! I don't have anything against a female jockey -- women have always been good riders -- and I don't even mind if some girl sets her heart on a blowtorch and a hard hat, but I just can't go along with women priests."The story ends with some surprises which, on reflection, make sense to me. This book has a sequel showing Margaret still struggling with her past; I'll write about that one tomorrow.
"Daddy has trouble with it, too."
"I'm like your Daddy. I just can't look up to a woman priest. And I never know what to call 'her. I can't call her 'Father' and I can't call her 'Mother.' So she ends up being just 'you,' or 'Karen' or 'Linda' or somebody. And the vestments never fit women right in front, do they?"
I rate Father Melancholy's Daughter 9 of 10, an excellent book.