As I said, the piece was funny: but the story behind the photo is anything but.
"...The photo comes from Reuters, and is part of a rather under-reported '...rally protesting against Afghanistan's "Family Law", which diminishes women's rights in Afghanistan, near the Afghanistan embassy in Kiev August 21, 2009. Authorities in Afghanistan passed a law permitting men to deny their wives food and sustenance if they refuse to obey their husbands' sexual demands....'From what little has gotten into the news about that new law in Afghanistan, it sounds like the powers that be in Afghanistan have a long way to go before they catch up with western culture's habit of treating women as people.
('Topics / Women's-Rights / Photos ' Reuters, via The Wall Street Journal (August 21, 2009))..."
(Apathetic Lemming of the North)
What?! A Catholic Man Sticking up for Women's Rights?!Sort of. As a practicing Catholic, I can't support abortion-on-demand, lesbian marriage, or any of a number of other "rights" which have been demanded - and, in some cases, recognized.
On the other hand, as a practicing Catholic, I can't approve of that 'give me what I want or I'll starve you' law. Not that my preferences make any difference: Afghanistan's a long way from where my vote counts.
I'll have to come back to this general topic someday, and discuss it in more detail.
The bottom line is that the Catholic Church does have rules, and does recognize that women aren't men. And vice versa. That's 'oppressive' by some definitions. Even so, Catholic history includes quite a few women like St. Catherine of Siena, doctor of the church.
"Doctor of the church" is "...a title conferred on 33 saints who distinguished themselves through the orthodoxy of their theological teaching". (Princeton's WordNet) WordNet is a pretty good resource, but that time they have the tail wagging the dog. Doctors of the church are Catholicism's heavy-hitters, who helped define what orthodox theological teaching is. There's a bit more about that in a footnote in another post.
But Don't Catholic Husbands Lord it Over Their Wives?Some, sadly, do. But that's not what the church teaches.
This gives an idea of what a Catholic man can expect from marriage:
"Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church and handed himself over for her"I converted after marriage - but before signing on, I'd agreed that the household would be run as a Catholic household. And I knew what that meant for me.
In the event that my death would serve my wife, I had explicit instructions: to serve my wife. Even if I died as a result.
You don't have to believe that. But, as I've written before, my responsibility ends when I've presented what's so. What you do with the facts is up to you.
- "Boy Monkeys aren't Like Girl Monkeys: Who'd Have Thunk?"
Apathetic Lemming of the North (July 30, 2009)
- (The PC doctrine of equivalence of the sexes has been eroding for some time)
- " 'Dumb B*ch' Carrie Prejean: Faith, and an 'Apoplectic' Blogger"
(April 21, 2009)
- "Faith and Reason, Religion and Science"
(March 20, 2009)
- "The Catholic Church and Homosexuals: Harsh and Soft, Judgmental and Understanding"
(March 13, 2009)
- "The Catholic Church Won't Even Let People Kill Themselves"
(January 28, 2009)
- "American Catholic Bishops Intolerant! (I Should Hope So)"
(November 13, 2008)
- "Ephesians 5:25"