Me and My Patriarchal Church
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.
Seriously, the Catholic Church has a patron saint of housewives (the docile little Saint Martha)
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.
All through the ages, women have been forced to submit blindly to the pope
to the bishops
and even to their own brothers!
In my church, however, women will be valued for more than their virginity
or their beauty
or their physical fragility and dependence on men for protection.
The heroines of my church will be scientists
No longer will we take as our inspiration the passivity of the Virgin Mary.
We will find a role model who can empathize with us in our sufferings.
I want to belong to a Church that respects and values women
and treats them as the equals of men.
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