Catholic Culture reports that President Jimmy Carter argued with Pope John Paul II on a number of issues, among them the treatment of women:
The former president said that he complained to the Pontiff about the Church’s “perpetuation of the subservience of women” while Blessed John Paul II was visiting the US in 1978.One can only assume that Carter was referring to the ban on women's ordination. I generally don't care what Jimmy Carter has to say about anything, but I found this Baptist's protest over the treatment of women in the Catholic Church so bizarre as to be notable. Carter is only one of many non-Catholics who criticize the Church for disallowing women's ordination, but I cannot imagine why. Why should non-Catholics care about the internal affairs of the Catholic Church?
Non-Catholics condemning the Catholic Church for not ordaining women makes as little sense as Catholics condemning the Anglican church for making women priests. Sure we might criticize the Church of England for abandoning its traditions, which originate in our own, but we don't care nearly as much about the existence of Anglican women priests as liberals care about the nonexistence of Catholic ones. The Anglican's priesthood is not a real priesthood so their ordination of women is silly but it probably isn't evil.
Christians have even less reason to criticize most practices (not the theology) of other religions. Until the 1970s the Mormon church banned blacks from the ministry, and though this was wrong I don't care too much because I'm not a Mormon. Nor am I a Muslim, so it doesn't bother me that Islam requires women to cover their heads outside the home. I object to the Islamic practice of killing homosexuals, but that's because such a practice is a wildly disproportionate use of violence against private vice. Anyone who thinks that a woman has a basic human right to become a Catholic priest is clearly insane and ought to be institutionalized for his own good. Come to think of it, the 1970s would have been a lot better if Jimmy Carter were occupying a straightjacket instead of the oval office.