Wednesday 17 October 2018

My church ought to choose reconciliation

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Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Sir - It's water under the bridge. I looked up the meaning of the word "misogyny" as referred to in your recent edition. I discovered that it means "the hatred of women". Now, whatever the faults of the Catholic Church, this is not one of them.

It is true that women are denied many functions within the church, but it is also true that they are the backbone of many institutions, including the church. When I was a young boy, it was pointed out to me by the Christian Brothers that it was God who made the rule, not them and the rules could not be changed. This is not true. During my lifetime, my church has changed dramatically.

Women no longer need to be "churched" after having a baby. You can now eat meat on a Friday, you can now handle the Host (it used to be a sacrilege), you do not have to fast from midnight the day before to receive Communion the morning after. You can now get married during Lent. You were allowed one main meal with two collations of 11 ounces. As if we had any means of measuring them; as if we had a main meal anyway. Dances were forbidden during Lent; it is no longer an offence not to go to Mass every Sunday. All of this points to the fact that it was men who made the rules. Not God. It is clear that men have changed the rules as they have done.

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