Summary

INQUIRY

into the foundations of a millenary system

the problem

For centuries, relationships between men and women have been unequal: the feminine element of society has been defined as a complement and help to the masculine gender. The Catholic Church was founded in a patriarchal society and has made a theory out of this structure.

The ideal of the Virgin Mary and her counter model Eve, first woman sinner, assigned to women the roles of helper and servant, which led to the denial of their other capacities.

By submitting women to their service, men appropriated their energy and work, keeping for themselves the roles of power and knowledge. The Church promotes this masculine model. An essential part of this construction (men in power/women in service) is the Catholic idea of marriage.


men in power,
women in service

a coherent anthropology

The Church and womanhood

The Mary/Eve paradox: why the Church proposes a model for women
The service gender: why women are always supposed to be subordinate to men
The denial of womanhood: why the Church is afraid of equality

The Church and manhood

The power gender: what masculine model does the Church propose to the world
The denial of manhood: why priests must remain celibate

The Church and patriarchy

Power and service, the dilemma: why women are not allowed to be priests
Marriage, the basic structure: why the Church will not accept divorce


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