POPE CLAIMS JESUS COULD ONLYFORM FRIENDSHIPS WITH MEN

British advocacy group We Are Church claims Pope Benedict highlighted only male disciples his new children's book, The Friends of Jesus, saying it implied women are second-class citizens in the Christian religion.

Pope Benedict XVI is described by the Vatican Information Service as the author of the 48-page book about Jesus's 14 friends who are listed as Peter, his brother Andrew, James the older, John, Thomas, Matthew, Philip, Bartholomew, James the younger, Simon, Judas Thaddeus, Judas Iscariot, Matthias and Paul. No mention was made of Mary Magdalene or any other female friends of Jesus, the report said.

Valerie Stroud of the British Catholic organisation We Are Church, a support group for Catholics, said: "In giving children the idea that Jesus only favoured men, Pope Benedict sends a very strong message that women are second-class citizens in the Christian religion. This was never Jesus's intention. The Supreme Pontiff completely abandons the modern idea of equality within relationships."

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the book was put together by an editor but admitted that the Pope had sanctioned the use of his name on the cover.

GUEST COMMENT BY PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:
Erm...? I would have thought that saying you wrote a book when you didn't, just so more people buy the book is just a little dodgy, ethically speaking.

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POPE CLAIMS JESUS COULD ONLYFORM FRIENDSHIPS WITH MEN — 10 Comments

  1. Erm? I don’t get the “guest comment”.

    Needless to say: book, author, ghost author all STINK.

  2. What an … interesting and unique commentary for Benny to put forth as we’re between the feast of Mary Magdalene and the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin.

    Then again, I guess lots of folks love their mommy without being friends with them. *coughs*

  3. Besides the women already mentioned, the Gospels specifically mentioned that Jesus was friends with sisters Mary and Martha.

  4. And of course, Paul had Phoebe and her people….. Then there were all the women they changed into men as they “corrected” the gospels and NT books, or just eliminated altogether. Feh…..

  5. In an expression of Christianity founded by men, run by men, primarily for men I would expect nothing less. Remember that devotion to The Virgin rose from the laity not from the male heirarchy.

  6. Lois said: Remember that devotion to The Virgin rose from the laity not from the male heirarchy.

    I’ve heard that several times, but I’ve not seen any evidence of that in the 4-6th century, when Marian devotion started. Of course, Marianism really got a shot in the arm when the Dominicans revised the use of the Pater Noster to emphasize the role of the Virgin (as instructed by a vision). And then, more recently, you have JP2 calling her a ‘co-Redemptrix’ with Christ.

  7. Over here in the Former Colonies we are commemorating Mary and Martha of Bethany today (and now also their brother Lazarus) today. In fact, Jesus seems to have made a point of having women friends. (Not, however, to be confused with girlfriends, as far as we know.) Ah, well, what do we heretical Yanks know? Just ask the true Anglican experts on human sexuality, like Williams and Orombi and Okoh.

    WV: “mating.” MP, you have a special deal with Blogger about this stuff, don’t you?