July 31, 2004 (Updated Aug. 1)
lethal effects of women who seek power
"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."
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."
orders politicians to discriminate according to the "divine plan"
Family, Marriage and "De Facto" unions, Pontifical Council For the Family (November 21, 2000)
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 confusing 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.|
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.
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