The Roman Woman Haters Club

The Roman Catholic Church has recently reclassified it’s rules concerning the ordination of women. And, it’s not a step forward:

“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.”

Well, this certainly falls into the “holy fuck” category for most people. It may be difficult to comprehend how an institution in this day and age can say such a heinous thing, let alone release a press statement concerning it.

The article titled “Does the Catholic Church Hate Women” on insists, of course, that denying women ordination does not imply that women are inferior. It even gives a lists of 4 persons as counter examples. Unfortunately, only two of them are actually women: Mother Teresa and the Virgin Mary. And these are not very good examples. The Virgin Mary, of course, was a vessel, her virginity being far more important that anything she ever did or said. And, she disappeared entirely from the story after Jesus’s death. Mother Teresa was a nurse maid to dying Indians, and a popular publicity piece that was used by the Vatican to increase the Church’s image and not a leader or a strong female role model.

So, how does the Church continue to keep women out of leadership roles even into the 21st century? Well, historically women were not ordained (that excuse doesn’t lend well to progress). Secondly, the Bible says women should keep their traps shut:

Let a woman learn in quietness with all subjection. But I permit not a woman to teach, nor to have dominion over a man, but to be in quietness. For Adam was first formed, then Eve; and Adam was not beguiled, but the woman being beguiled hath fallen into transgression (1 Timothy. 2:11–12, ASV)

Note: not only has 1 Timothy has been known to be a second century fraud for some time now, but the Catholic Church officially accepts evolutionary theory, thereby rejecting any literalism in the Garden of Eden story.

A few authentic worlds of Paul of Tarsus, (a man that claimed authority in the Christian church by claiming to have a vision of Jesus) 1 Corinthians 14:34-35, are used to excuse the Vatican’s primitive view of women, though they are even more aggressively sexist than that last quote:

let the women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but let them be in subjection, as also saith the law. And if they would learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home: for it is shameful for a woman to speak in the church. (ASV)

So, how can a multi-billion dollar international organization oppress women because of the authority of a myth and a sexist man from 2,000 years ago that never even met the god/man they worship? Difficult to say. But, religious people have been known to do much more than just be misogynist . And, of course, women have vaginas.

It may be argued, of course, that any rule that kicks people out of an organized superstition is a good thing. After getting ridiculously drunk on the Holy Spirit, it may be time to sober up.

On the bright side, though, Bishops are now “encouraged” to turn in pedophile priests. Forward ho! Though, at a ridiculously slow pace.

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One Comment on “The Roman Woman Haters Club”

  1. […] it seems), I’ve never heard anyone give a systematic rational for doing this. For instance, yesterday I posted about how the Catholic Church still uses 1 Timothy 2:11-12 to stand behind their refusal to ordain […]

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