Sunday, March 02, 2008

Feminist theology banned by the Vatican

Once in a while you come across something you didn't know existed - in this case, it's feminist theology, which I've found out that the Vatican frown upon. Well, that's actually putting it too mildly.

The Pope rules out feminist theology

The Vatican has cracked down on feminist interpretations of the liturgy, ruling that God must always be recognised as Our Father.

In a move designed to counter the spread of gender-neutral phrases, the Holy See said that anyone baptised using alternative terms, such as "Creator", "Redeemer" and "Sanctifier" would have to be re-baptised using the traditional ceremony.

The Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith said yesterday: "These variations arise from so-called feminist theology and are an attempt to avoid using the words Father and Son, which are held to be chauvinistic."

Instead, it said that the traditional form of "Father, Son and Holy Ghost" had to be respected.

Wow. We really can't have gender-neutral language going on, can we?

The Vatican said anyone baptised under the feminist terms could invalidate their marriage. Cardinal Urbano Navarrete, who wrote a formal commentary on yesterday's ruling, gave warning that anyone who attempted to baptise someone with a gender-neutral form would be penalised. "It is seriously illegitimate and unjust," he said.

Monsignor Antonio Miralles, a professor at the Pontifical Holy Cross University, said the new baptism "subverts faith in the Trinity" because it does not make the relationship between the three persons clear. "God is eternally Father in relation to His only begotten Son, who is not eternally Son except in relation to the Father."

Can anyone say Patriarchy? And of course, this wasn't the only important issue that the Pope spoke out against.

Meanwhile, the Pope also spoke out against gay marriage and abortion before his first trip to the United States before Easter. He praised Americans who respected the "institution of marriage, acknowledged as a stable union between a man and a woman".

Can someone explain to me why we take this man seriously? He is a Neanderthal, and should be rightfully ignored.

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Blogger The Ridger, FCD said...

I have to say that I simply cannot understand this statement:

The Vatican said anyone baptised under the feminist terms could invalidate their marriage.

The others are vicious, but at least comprehensible.

March 10, 2008 7:37 PM  
Blogger Kristjan Wager said...

Well, obviously people who have been baptized under the feminist terms won't accept the proper gender roles in a marriage. Only if you are baptized in the right way, will you accept that women are below men.

March 11, 2008 10:23 AM  

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