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Equality - In Our Faiths - The lethal effects of women who seek power

July 31, 2004 (Updated Aug. 1)

The lethal effects of women who seek power
Advances for women & gays draws Inquisition's ire

"Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza, a feminist theologian at Harvard Divinity School, said the document restated positions the Vatican has taken many times and the only surprise was its timing. Church leaders, she said, may be feeling some urgency to combat same-sex marriage."
The Toronto Star, August 1, 2004

One year after the Vatican disgraced itself around the world with an attack on gay marriage, the spiritually abusive old men in Rome are up to their hateful mischief again. On July 31, 2003, Cardinal The Inquisition targets same-sex marriage.  Rome is where the hate is.Ratzinger, the loathed head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (more infamously known as the Inquisition), caused considerable damage to the credibility of the Catholic Church leadership when he published his Considerations regarding proposals to give legal recognition to unions between homosexual persons.

"Grotesque ... bizarre" wrote the Ottawa Sun about the 2003 hate letter. "Shocking and cruel", said the U.K.'s Guardian. "Intolerance and hate," Austria's Salzburger Nachrichten commented. It was hard to keep up with Cardinal Ratziner, head of the Vatican's Inquisition, excuses violance against gays:  "the Church nor society at large should not be surprised when other distorted notions and practices gain ground and irrational and violent reactions increase."the world-wide condemnation that followed within 24 hours of the letter's release.

Far from being chastised, the Vatican seems bent on celebrating its vacuousness and villainy every July 31. This year, they've released a Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Collaboration of men and women in the church and in the world.

The letter begins "The Church, expert in humanity ...."

Right-off, Ratzinger claims a competency that his Church has so ruinously demonstrated it does not have. It would be laughable, if it was not also damaging to those within their faith community and beyond. The Catholic Church may have expertise in some fields, but the Church's response to human sexuality and human rights is a terrible failure and speaks louder than any claim of expertise in humanity.

The lethal effects of women who seek power

This year the Vatican has instructed its Bishops around the world to target women in particular, and of course gays, in an attempt to stem the advances being made by these diverse groups around the world. It is part of Ratzinger's ongoing strategy to classify people, and their relationships, as "authentic" or not.

"Faced with the abuse of power, the answer for women is to seek power," writes Ratzinger, from the position of the former to the latter. "This process leads to opposition between men and women ... leading to harmful confusion regarding the human person, which has its most immediate and lethal effects in the structure of the family."

Ratzinger is fixated on genitalia and wishes to reverse trends where "physical difference, termed sex, is minimized". He blames feminists for "obscuring of the difference" between men and women, thus making "homosexuality and heterosexuality virtually equivalent, in a new model of polymorphous sexuality."

Polymorphous sexuality.

Cardinal Ratzinger blames feminists for "a new model of polymorphous sexuality."

.“For all of you who have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ... there is neither male nor female”, writes Saint Paul to the Galatians (3:27-28).

Ratzinger believes feminists and gays are attempting "to be freed from one's biological conditioning". In the homogenous world of the "one true faith", all people are born heterosexual and anxious to breed in a patriarchal society. Straight men rule, Ratzinger says, because of "the fact that the Son of God assumed human nature in its male form."

As rulers, Ratzinger says that men could do better for women, especially women who wish to stay at home, raising children, while the husband works.

"The harmonization of the organization of work and laws governing work with the demands stemming from the mission of women within the family is a challenge. The question is not only legal, economic and organizational; it is above all a question of mentality, culture, and respect. Indeed, a just valuing of the work of women within the family is required. In this way, women who freely desire will be able to devote the totality of their time to the work of the household without being stigmatized by society or penalized financially, while those who wish also to engage in other work may be able to do so with an appropriate work-schedule, and not have to choose between relinquishing their family life or enduring continual stress, with negative consequences for one's own equilibrium and the harmony of the family."

Vatican links of love.
Vatican links of love:

Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons (October 1986)

Pope orders politicians to discriminate according to the "divine plan"
(Address of his Holiness Pope John Paul II, November 4, 2000)

Family, Marriage and "De Facto" unions, Pontifical Council For the Family (November 21, 2000)

Considerations regarding proposals to give legal recognition to unions between homosexual persons
(July 31, 2003)

A return to the single income family with a stay-at-home parent? Compensation for stay-at-home parents? That would require a shift in wealth back to the middle and working class, to the days when it only took one income to make ends meet, instead of two or more. Imagine if the Catholic Church used its resources for this instead of fighting marriage equality?

The Vatican floats this socially compassionate model (without the visible energy that it puts into promoting opposite-sex marriage) because it reinforces the old order, before all this confusingA "lethal" mix? talk about gender roles and same-sex marriage (and before the Church's agenda included responding to abortion, birth control, stem cell research, AIDS, liberation theology, sexual and physical abuse of workers and children, etc...).

But instead of setting sites on shareholder greed, corporate governance, and political policy, it seems the real villain behind the loss of earning power in the working and middle class, is "the power of sin at work in individuals and in societies, which at times almost leads one to despair of the goodness of married couples."

Ratzinger wants you to believe that the inability of a couple to maintain a family on a single income is the fault of "lethal" feminists, and the "evil" married same-sex couples that followed in their footsteps.

Fortunately in Canada we have seen that Canadian Bishops have little influence over their diminishing faithful. As in Europe, the Catholic church long ago ceased to hold any relevance to the daily lives of Canadians. Quebec (a former strong-hold of the Catholic Church and now Canada's strongest supporter of same-sex marriage) is a stark example of how fast the public will leave an oppressive and out-of-touch Church when a better life is revealed and available.

What would Rosie say to Ratzinger?
What would Rosie Riveter say to Ratzinger?

So perhaps, after seeing their dogma flop so spectacularly last year, the Vatican has written this document for Bishops in third-world countries where oppressed and uneducated faithful still buy their bullshit.

Clearly the developed world is having none of it.

We're grateful to our feminist sisters for helping rivet another bolt in the bridge over spiritual abuse. We hope that the work of gay and lesbian marriage equality advocates is contributing to the ongoing goal of equality and empowerment.

Link to Catholics For A Free Choice

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