IT’S ONLY WORDS

From ALL AFRICA.COM:

The Catholic Episcopal Conference (Roman Catholic) of Malawi has spoken strongly against those elements in the Church and society that degrade a woman and disfigure her God given dignity and equality alongside man.

"Women have the right to equal opportunities in education, training, employment, remuneration, inheritance and owning property," the bishop's conference said. They also said that women are denied participation in the decision making process in the family, in the Church and in society.

The Secretary General of Episcopal conference Fr George Buleya said, "Gender equality is a justice issue not an issue of charity. We should all remember that before works of charity are the demands of Justice."

Recognizing the dignity of women will mean increasing their social, political, economic and spiritual strength both individually and collectively as well as removing the obstacles that penalize women and prevent them from fully integrating themselves into various sections of society.

COMMENT: Well, I for one think it is very noble of the bishops to resign on block so that the major obstacle is removed. I look forward to the instillation of the "second" female pope in the very near future.

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IT’S ONLY WORDS — 11 Comments

  1. Don’t worry, once they succeed in becoming “equal” the women will soon find a new obstacle, that of being, “different”.

    “Equal But Different”, they call it here in Sydney. Which, translated out of fundie double-speak means: “Not Equal and Therefore Different.”

  2. Well only women can give birth therefore men need something to balance so only men can be priests (this can be taken to extremes, in the Mormons almost all adult men[1] become priests and no woman).

    [1] Until the 1970’s it was almost all non-black men then the prophet received a revelation.

  3. Nothing like a good shot of irony in the morning.

    And I’m sure they can say all of this with perfectly straight faces.

    Sheeesh.

  4. only women can give birth therefore men need something to balance so only men can be priests

    No. There’s plenty of things only men can do – like peeing against the wall on the way home from the pub and taking lids of jars. And we can donate sperm – women can’t do that.

  5. Boaz, We had something similar in the South of my youth. It was called “separate but equal,” which anyone who had ever been in a black school house could have told you simply meant “separate.” There was nothing at all that was “equal” about it. That’s the way those things always turn out.

  6. Yep, Erp, that’s the way some people see it! My favorite EWTN conservative priest explains it that way in his rants that I like to severely critique. He says that he can never bear children (bet if he tried it, he”d relinquish it right off) so therefore, women can never be priests. Seems like a fair trade- off to him,Fr. John Corapi SOLT!,there’s only the one and only
    Fr. Coropi! :>)
    Nij

  7. He says that he can never bear children

    Well, I don’t like them much, either. And I really can’t bear them in pubs when I’m trying to have a few drinks with friends and they keep throwing toy bricks at you and squealing loudly. Which is exactly what happened to me this lunchtime.

  8. “Equal But Different”, they call it here in Sydney. Which, translated out of fundie double-speak means: “Not Equal and Therefore Different.”

    As BooCat noted that was what we called apartheid in the USA. In Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, the Court held, “separate but equal is not good enough.” The Court was spot on.

    FWIW
    jimB

  9. Did you see Fr Corapi on EWTN yesterday and today (live), Nij? He definitely looks unwell (and dyeing his beard, which only makes him look worse!)

    He’s a Right (and Egotistical) B*stard . . . but prayers for him, anyway.