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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

The church: seeing women as afterthoughts

Here's the beginning of Frank Bruni's New York Times' article, Catholicism Undervalues Women. The whole thing is really worth a read.

Like a Pringles vendor sounding an alarm about obesity, Pope Francis fashioned himself a feminist last week.

You are not reading The Onion.

It was an epic mismatch of messenger and message, and I say that as someone who is thankful for this pope, admires him greatly and believes that a change of tone even without a change in teaching has meaning and warrants celebration.

But a change of tone in defiance of fact should be flagged (and flogged) as such. And neither Pope Francis nor any other top official in the bastion of male entitlement known as the Vatican can credibly assert concern about parity between the sexes. Their own kitchen is much too messy for them to call out the ketchup smudges in anybody else’s.

Francis actually went beyond concern. He vented outrage, calling it a “pure scandal” that women didn’t receive equal pay for equal work.

He left out the part about women in the Roman Catholic Church not even getting a shot at equal work. Pay isn’t the primary issue when you’re barred from certain positions and profoundly underrepresented in others .....

What surprises and depresses me is that most Catholics, clergy and lay, are happy enough with their pope and happy enough with their church that the stuff mentioned in Bruni's article doesn't bother them at all.


Blogger PrickliestPear said...

That sounds interesting, Crystal.

Unfortunately your link leads not to the article, but rather a Wikipedia entry on Patriarch Kirill of Moscow.

6:40 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Yikes! ;) Thanks PP, I'll fix it.

7:50 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Are you blogging again?

7:53 PM  
Blogger PrickliestPear said...

No. I've just started writing again, but it will be a while before any of it sees the light of day.

9:20 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Let me know if you post something :)

9:26 PM  
Blogger PrickliestPear said...

I sure will.

7:10 PM  

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