“What do you do when God calls you and the church blocks you from answering?” a journalist once asked me.
It was the pithiest articulation I’d ever heard of the challenge that has consumed most of my adult life.
Since I was in my early teens, I have felt that God was calling me to be a Catholic priest. But I’m a woman, and the Roman Catholic Church refuses to ordain women. Not exactly an auspicious set-up.
Nevertheless, I spent the bulk of my time in high school and college …