We traditional Catholics love, appreciate and respect God, men, women and children. I would say that most feminist do not treat men with respect. And of course there are men who do not respect women. But two wrongs do not make a right. How can we be called christians and not love and respect each other?
But there are some very hard parts in the Bible about Men and Women’s relations. It is just like where children have to obey and honor their parents. That is not an easy commandment to obey for children.
In Genesis 1: 27-28 we find “And God created man to his own image: to the image of God he created him: male and female he created them. And God blessed them, saying: Increase and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it, and rule over the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the air, and all living creatures that move upon the earth.” So originally male and female worked together in harmony with God. Together they form the image of God in their complementary natures.
The creation of Adam and Eve is different in Genesis 2: 20-25, “for Adam there was not found a helper like himself. Then the Lord God cast a deep sleep upon Adam: and when he was fast asleep, he took one of his ribs, and filled up flesh for it. And the Lord God built the rib which he took from Adam unto a woman and brought her to Adam. And Adam said: This now is bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called woman, because she was taken out of man. Wherefore a man shall leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they shall be two in one flesh. And they were both naked to wit, Adam and his wife: and were not ashamed.
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Here Adam is created first and Eve is created out of him. This does put him in a superior position as to who came first. But Eve is appreciated by Adam as being like to him and as a helpmate. They become one flesh, which shows that they needed to respect each other because they are one and who would want to hurt what is one with them. There is hierarchy, harmony and union at this stage.
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Problems come in Genesis 3: 6-7, “And the woman saw that the tree was good to eat, and fair to the eyes, and delightful to behold: and she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave to her husband who did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened: and when they perceived themselves to be naked, they sewed together fig leaves, and made themselves aprons.” Now comes shame and fear before God and disharmony between man and woman.
St. Paul, in 1 Timothy 2: 9-15, brings this subject up. “In a like manner women also in decent apparel: adorning themselves with modesty and sobriety, not with plaited hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly attire, But as it becometh women professing with good works. Let women learn in silence, with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach nor to use authority over the man: but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed; then Eve. And Adam was not seduced; but the woman being seduced, was in the transgression. Yet she shall be saved through childbearing; if she continue in faith, and love, and sanctification, with sobriety.”
Genesis 3: 12-13 “And Adam said: “The woman, whom thou gavest to me to be my companion, gave me of the tree, and I did eat. And the Lord God said to the woman: Why hast thou done this? And she answered: The serpent deceived me, and I did eat.” Both admit to having disobeyed the Lord God. In verse 16-18 comes the penalties for their disobedience. “To the woman also he said: I will multiply thy sorrows, and thy conception: in sorrow shalt thou bring forth children, and thou shalt be under thy husband’s power, and he shall have dominion over thee.
And to Adam he said: Because thou hast hearkened to the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldst not eat, curse is the earth in thy work; with labour and toil shalt thou eat thereof all the days of thy life. Thorns and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herbs of the earth. In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread till thou return to the earth, out of which thou wast taken: for dust thou art and into dust thou shalt return.”
Original Sin, as we call it, caused the enmity between men and women. As we grow into Christ, the less that enmity exist. Through proper respect of our different gifts and natures we can help each other.
But there still is a hierarchy between men and women that is ordered by God for the good of the Church, the family and society. Men are called to be head of the house and priests. Women are called to be hearts of the house and religious sisters. Men will be judged by God more severely than women on how they exercised that authority.
We need people in charge. It is not easy to be in charge. But when we have this privilege, we will also have to answer to God how we used it, for good, or for harm. Men must never forget that their authority comes from God and are also under God’s authority. Women are under God’s authority and mens. Children are under God’s authority and men and women’s. But again, all authority comes from God. Everyone who has authority will have to answer to God for how they used it, especially men in positions of authority in the church, like the pope, bishops, priests, superiors in religious orders and sisters. May all of us be humble servants as we do exercise our authority for the good of saving souls and nothing else.
It is so good to be subjected to God’s authority. It is difficult to be in authority and to answer to God. But we can do a great deal of good for God’s people if we are holy traditional leaders teaching and living the gospel truth. If we are not under God’s authority, we fall under the devil’s authority. We think we are free to sin and disobey God. But we become slaves to the devil and our selfish desires. We become addicted to all sort of shameful things. Being our own authority only brings our own demise.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.