The Pope ignores male victims of domestic violence and genital mutilation

Our thanks to Stuart for this piece on the BBC website. An extract:

The verbal, physical, and sexual violence that women endure in some marriages contradicts the very nature of the conjugal union. I think of the reprehensible genital mutilation of women practiced in some cultures, but also of their lack of equal access to dignified work and roles of decision-making.

As a lapsed Catholic (since I was in my mid-teens, over 40 years ago), I do get annoyed at the church’s claim of 1.3 billion adherents, thereby claiming enormous legitimacy, and the media’s lazy repetition of the claim. The number refers to an estimate of those baptised as Catholics and still alive, and takes no account of lapsed Catholics, who in secular societies such as the UK are surely in a majority of those baptised as Catholics. So the church implies it’s speaking for lapsed Catholics too, presumably on the grounds they didn’t raise any compelling theological objections to being baptised before the ceremony – in my case, when I was about two weeks old.

About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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  • Just be grateful that you were baptised Catholic and not some barbaric religion that goes in for MGM. At least you were only baptized at two weeks old and not… But yes, it’s disappointing that the Pope has chosen to give in to the same old clichés.

  • William Gruff

    What’s the fuss? The Catholic church has turned a blind eye to paedophilia for … (insert your choice of years, decades, centuries or millennia, and toast all with a glass of cheap wine and a little bite of biscuit).

    Popes have ignored seminal social trends since the earliest days of the Christian church, when the first thirteen bishops were Jews and those men of the Middle East who really believed, and suffered for it, sowed the seeds of the tree that is dying now. Look up St Augustine’s letter to, if I recall correctly, Pope Gregory to see how the Pope was happy to accommodate local customs within the faith for the sake of converts to the faith. You may notice that some of the customs the Pope prohibited were those that tended to the control of women.

    Old ladies love the pope, no one else takes him seriously.

  • No surprise there. It’s the men that pay the church’s bills, but it’s the women that make them do it.

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