Monday, July 29, 2013

The Pope, Gays and Women

Today, I read something in the news that really got my goat.  Not surprisingly, it's tied up in the Catholic Church.  

I'm not a particularly religious person, but I do pay attention to what anyone with a big audience is saying, especially when that person has the ability to affect positive change and chooses not to.

The sentence that set me off was this:
"The Church teaches that it cannot ordain women because Jesus willingly chose only men as his apostles."

Maybe Jesus was gay?  He spent a lot of time hanging out with 12 other guys and I don't remember him being married, or having kids.  By the Pope's logic, he should give up cars, planes and other modes of modern transport because Jesus only travelled on foot or by horse.  He should also stop using modern languages and stick to Hebrew cos that's what Jesus did.

The church is blatantly cherry-picking their facts, and it doesn't stand up to even the simplest tests of hypocrisy in a modern world.  Of course, Jesus picking to only have men in his little club is not the real reason for not picking women to do a job today... 

As with any organisation where sexual discrimination is a problem in the modern workplace, the root cause is these men are scared to lose power to women.