There are many bishops sympathetic to pacifism and feminism. What would you tell them if you had a chance -- to read some Solzhenitsyn?
Our all-male priesthood is the world’s oldest fraternal hierarchy—and yet the failures of the abuse scandal and the continued corruption in the exercise of authority are hardly fruits of too much masculinity.
Quite the contrary.
Feminist and pacifist movements always grow best in soil guarded by the Christian sword. These caricatures of peace and justice helped shape much of the post-Vatican II social and moral teaching in the seminaries of the North. Add to these ideologies the insinuation of fawning and cliquish homosexual personality types in the corporate body of the seminary. This communal cast composed a formless plastic depression rather than an iron mold which would shape priestly character for several decades.
This environment spared no one.
Even "orthodox” priests have adapted a kind of diluted Christian language of virtual pacifism, spoken in an apologetic and subjunctive mood. These frames of mind and mood are carried by the personality structure of domestic friendliness where once strode the public manly fraternity of the Twelve.