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And now a word for the laydeez

Another treasure from @UCCB – a patronizing ode to wimmin, from a boss of an organization that excludes women from all power and thinks its “God” is a man. You know what it says without reading it. Women are special, women are lovely, women raise the children, bless their little hearts and their soft heads.

During this month, our minds turn toward the great gift of what Blessed John Paul II in his letter Mulieris Dignitatem calls the feminine genius and its positive impact on the life of the Church and society.

Uh huh. Let’s have a look at good ol’ muley dig, shall we?

even the rightful opposition of women to what is expressed in the biblical words “He shall rule over you” (Gen 3:16) must not under any condition lead to the “masculinization” of women. In the name of liberation from male “domination”, women must not appropriate to themselves male characteristics contrary to their own feminine “originality”. There is a well-founded fear that if they take this path, women will not “reach fulfilment”, but instead will deform and lose what constitutes their essential richness.

Plus we’ll have to share our toys, and they’ll tell us we’re wrong about stuff. We don’t want them. They have to stay inside with the children. Next question?

We are blessed in our archdiocese that everywhere we look, we see the stamp of women who have responded faithfully to God’s call. First and foremost, in our mothers who nurture the faith of our children. The history of our archdiocese is marked by the many communities of religious women who have established a rich network of Catholic education and welcomed lay women to partner with them in continuing to serve our schools…

As a Church we can take great pride in the fact that hospitals established by religious women remain the largest private provider of healthcare in the country. They continue to be staffed by religious and lay women who faithfully bring the healing love of Jesus to their professional work.

They make just the best assistants. Amen.

Comments

  1. sceptinurse says

    And that last paragraph is codswallop. I spent 10 years working for catholic hospitals. The “religious and lay women” involved are members of he order that founded them. In one hospital one of the sisters is on the board that runs the place. I believe a couple of them were in the chaplaincy department. Almost of the people actively carrying out that “healing love of Jesus” are not catholic.

    They “remain the largest private provider of healthcare in the country” because they keep buying out the other hospitals. I figured it out last night, in the San Fernando Valley, there used to be 11 hospitals one of them was catholic. (I’m not including Burbank). Today there are 5 hospitals, five of the smaller community hospitals closed and one became a psych facility. Of the remaining five three are now catholic. The three largest hospitals. One of the remaining two is Presbyterian, when I worked there I didn’t see any religious nonsense imposed on the patients.

    I realize that the catholic church wants desperately to remain in the dark ages when they were free to kill people when it suited their purpose. But I really hope they are defeated in their plans to make America into a theocracy.

  2. piero says

    Th letter Mulieris Dignitatem is an affront to humanity. It should be distributed to every schoolgirl and schoolboy, so that they can understand what they are up against now and what they will be up against as adults.

    The most worrying aspect of this whole fiasco is how many women are happy to accept their subordinate role as nurses, maids and sexual toys.

    The second most worrying aspect is that such statements come from supposedly celibate, virgin men. If they’ve been truly and consistently celibate, they have little or nothing to say about women. If they haven’t, they are a bunch of hypocrites no-one should take seriously.

  3. GordonWillis says

    And if women are ever allowed to be what is in them to be, the Church will most certainly insist that they’re not being true™ women. Them religious bods just know what it is to be a woman. What clevah chaps.

  4. GordonWillis says

    I suppose the thing is that these celibate males can’t really tell one woman from another: all women are the same. Well, of course, they know that women are all different, really…well sort of…Well, OK, perhaps, but anyway God has only one plan for all women, so (maybe the confusion starts) there. After all, they’re not really made in his image, are they? Well, not exactly, I mean, not quite…Well, of course, they are really, it’s just…But anyway, they’ve definitely got a job to do, otherwise God wouldn’t have made them women, would he? So you see…As St Thomas Olsted would say, it’s a true™ martyr© who is lost through labour, and all for love. That’s the way to go.

  5. 'Tis Himself, OM says

    There is a well-founded fear that if they take this path, women will not “reach fulfilment”, but instead will deform and lose what constitutes their essential richness.

    What an obtuse, round-about way to say “bitches ain’t shit!”

  6. sailor1031 says

    “As a Church we can take great pride in the fact that hospitals established by religious women remain the largest private provider of healthcare in the country. They continue to be staffed by religious and lay women who faithfully bring the healing love of Jesus to their professional work.”

    Perhaps somewhat true in other parts of the world – definitely not the case here. One of these “healing orders” has their name attached to four local hospitals (close to half of all hospitals in the area). You won’t find a working nun in any of them any more. The employees are a typical mix of hospital employees anywhere – some catholic, some not; some christian, some not; some atheists, some not; some heterosexual, some not. Yes Cardinal Wuerl, there are LGBT people working in those “catholic” hospitals.

    The reason these hospitals choose to remain under the influence of RCC Inc is that they qualify for non-profit status and are able to compete very well with the for-profit sector. And all that’s required is a picture of the local bish in the lobby and a crucifix in each room – usually placed high up on the wall behind the patient’s head where it won’t be too noticeable.

    Interesting reading about cardinal wuerl at:

    http://www.donaldwuerl.com

  7. Earlie Kearl says

    I’ve yet to see one complaint about Capsiplex, it seems like it’s working for most people who want to lose some weight.

  8. Ken Pidcock says

    Early in my working life, I had the odd experience of teaching in a Catholic high school where the social dynamic was determined by Franciscan sisters. (From which observation you will understand that the students were all young women.) They enforced a hierarchy among the lay faculty, holding the status of all men above married women above unmarried women. Needless to say, the good sisters did not identify with the unmarried women. (Forgive me, Sister Joan; it’s an atheist blog, and you cannot say that the characterization is totally divorced from reality.)

    The patriarchy is maintained, in no small part, by giving some women a stake in its maintenance.

  9. says

    ‘Mary said, in effect, “Although I do not always understand the unfolding of God’s plan and God’s providential order, nonetheless, if God calls, I accept. If God challenges, I respond.”’

    What are most disgusting is that women wrote to thank the cardinal for making these patronizing statements about women. I guess these women did not receive the gift of feminine genius.

  10. Hypatia's Daughter says

    Ah, sweet mystery of life!
    Ain’t it wonderful that God’s plan for women just coincides so perfectly with what plain ol’ flesh and blood, earthly, sometimes selfish and failable men want and need women to be?
    And if that plan is sometimes is just a teensy, weensy bit off from what is good for plain ol’ flesh and blood, earthly, sometimes selfish and failable women….well, suck it up, women, because Eve ate an apple.

  11. Bryan says

    “Mary said, in effect, ‘Although I do not always understand the unfolding of God’s plan and God’s providential order, nonetheless, if God calls, I accept. If God challenges, I respond.'”

    SUMMARY: Women are good at submitting to God and the men who love Him.

    “First and foremost, in our mothers who nurture the faith of our children.”

    SUMMARY: Women are good at staying at home and caring for the kids.

    “As a Church we can take great pride in the fact that hospitals established by religious women remain the largest private provider of healthcare in the country. They continue to be staffed by religious and lay women who faithfully bring the healing love of Jesus to their professional work.”

    SUMMARY: Women make great nurses, with Jesus’ help.

    “…Mary Virginia Merrick, a woman who lived and worked in this archdiocese, who did not let a disability keep her from answering God’s call to serve the most needy of our city through the Christ Child Society.”

    SUMMARY: Women are good with the kidz even when they have a disability.

    “I pray for you that in your homes and in all fields of work in which your labor…”

    So, fields of work = nursing, nursery, and kitchen. Whoa. We got a women’s rights bad-ass up in here.

  12. GordonWillis says

    What are most disgusting is that women wrote to thank the cardinal for making these patronizing statements about women. I guess these women did not receive the gift of feminine genius.

    Ah, but they did, Veronica, they did. That’s what’s wrong with them. They’ve bought the package, the ideal of christian feminity. What is most disgusting is that they have (lovingly) surrendered their individuality, given their brain-power to enforcing their subservience, given up — “sacrificed”, “surrendered” — their right to be fully themselves as the human beings they actually are. Instead, they’ll say that meeting the ideal as god commands makes them more truly™ “themselves” — an ideal “themselves” which they have to enforce on themselves against their individual natures, thus struggling as true™ women® against sin and temptation. And it gives them the moral© power to control the men to control them. Brain-washing/thought-reform? It’s the most perfect oppression, it really is.

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