Religion complicates gender equality

2014-08-05T19:00:00Z 2014-08-06T12:59:08Z Religion complicates gender equalityAl Cardwell Napa Valley Register
August 05, 2014 7:00 pm  • 

It may be the 21st century, but two AP news stories demonstrate that patriarchal (male-founded) religions continue to seek control over women — and I'm not referring to the obvious inferior status of women in the Muslim world.

A June 24 Napa Register story related that Mormon church leaders ("elders" who are all males) had excommunicated Kate Kelly, the founder of a Mormon women's group call Ordain Women for violation of church doctrine and "leading others astray" ("Mormon church excommunicates women’s group founder").

Kelly's offense was seeking the right of Mormon women to become ordained ministers in the church, something prohibited since the church's inception. (Until quite recently, black males had also been excluded from the Latter-day Saints ministry.)

Another story in the Napa Register from May 6 reported that Vatican watchdogs were cracking down on the largest umbrella group of U.S. nuns, the Leadership Conference of Women Religions for taking positions that undermine Roman Catholic teaching on the priesthood and homosexuality, while promoting radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith, and for focusing too much on social justice, while ignoring "crucial issues" such as fighting abortion. In other words, the nuns are being castigated by the Vatican for being liberal Democrats.

Thank God for the blessed male hierarchy in both the Catholic and Mormon churches, who are reigning in the irreverent radical feminist elements that would undermine and destroy enlightened male leadership in their churches.

Al Cardwell 


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