Just in time for International Women’s Day, Cinnamon turns on the snark.

After giving it some thought, I have concluded that the Catholic Church is irredeemably sexist and oppressive. I will have to strike out on my own and found one that doesn’t treat women as second-class citizens.

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Seriously, the Catholic Church has a patron saint of housewives (the docile little Saint Martha)

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but I challenge you to find a Catholic woman who ever led an army

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

or turned one back in its tracks

 

 

 

 

 

 

or faced down a lion like a boss.

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All through the ages, women have been forced to submit blindly to the pope

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to the bishops

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and even to their own brothers!

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In my church, however, women will be valued for more than their virginity

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or their beauty

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or their physical fragility and dependence on men for protection.

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The heroines of my church will be scientists

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philosophers

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writers

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and physicians.

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No longer will we take as our inspiration the passivity of the Virgin Mary.

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We will find a role model who can empathize with us in our sufferings.

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I want to belong to a Church that respects and values women

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and treats them as the equals of men.

Don’t you?

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Image credits: the image of Blessed Margaret of Castello is used under Creative Commons License, CC BY S-A 4.0. The owner is Judgefloro.

The photograph of Saint Gianna Molla is also used under Creative Commons License, CC BY S-A 4.0. The owner is Jose Luiz Bernardes Ribeiro.