I wonder if most of the writers for the Fishwrap (aka National Schismatic Reporter) – deep down – hate the Church.
That’s a horrible thought, but how else can one explain this sort of thing?
An article about how evil the Church is and whether or not women should leave.
Posed by presenter Barbara Hilkert Andolsen, professor of applied Christian ethics at [Jesuit-run] Fordham University, the question was prompted by the U.S. bishops maintaining that the inclusion of birth control in the Affordable Care Act results in material cooperation with evil, despite attempts by the Obama administration to distance employers from directly contracting or paying for those services.
It struck Andolsen as ironic, given the remoteness of the contact in the Affordable Care Act, compared with active participation in a sexist church. She first established that the “benevolent sexism” of the church is indeed sinful, even evil. [“established”… okay, the writer accepts the premise…] Benevolent sexism differs from the “hostile sexism” of the past, which overtly made women less than men, pointing out their spiritual weakness or propensity toward sin.
Instead, benevolent sexism, seen in the church’s teaching of complementarity, asserts that women are only different from men, often using positive language, praising their roles as mothers or identifying them as more nurturing than men. Women are the “strawberry on the cake,” if you will. [That’s a quote from Pope Francis, btw.]
“The benevolent sexism of the church is not harmless,” [Remember, the premise was accepted.. now we drive to a conclusion….] Andolsen said. “It is detrimental to women and undermines the ability of women and their allies to mobilize and improve the situation of women.”
Which leads Andolsen to wonder: “What moral responsibility do I have as a woman who remains active in the church?” More pointedly: “Are we morally responsible, because remaining active in the church constitutes complicity with evil?”
Here’s how the argument runs, more or less.
- Different roles in the Church for men and women is evil.
- If the Church condones this, the Church condones evil.
- We cannot cooperate with evil.
- Thus, we have to leave the Church.
Mind you, the writer doesn’t go on to refute this argument. She seem to accept it.
- If that’s what you think, sorry… feel, then get out.
- We’d rather see you stay and be faithful and happy.
- Please don’t wait.
- Take the Jesuits with you.
Keep in mind, perhaps daily, a prayer I offered some time ago HERE.