According to the Catholic church:
The Vatican today made the "attempted ordination" of women one of the gravest crimes under church law, putting it in the same category as clerical sex abuse of minors, heresy and schism.
Incredible. It trivialises child rape and for an encore maximises the insult to women. How do they manage to be so clueless? Clueless – most importantly – about what really matters, but also clueless about PR.
Or are they clueless? Perhaps the Vatican’s strategy is to strengthen their position with the True Believers(TM) by feeding their fear of change and by stirring up a conflict with everyone else. Christians love the idea of being persecuted and nothing promotes unity like adversity.
It’s all too easy to believe either theory.