In the Traditionalist forum at CAF, there are a couple of threads dealing with the role women play in the Mass and the leadership/servantship roles they play in the parish. The “Traditionalists” are out in full force in wanting women to be kept in their place aka the kitchen. They see women as baby factories (Not mothers and wives and with career vocations of their own, no sir) and as slaves of men. They hate women. They think women need to learn that their place is silent and unseen not only at Mass but also in the home with a man to make all their decisions for them since they aren’t capable of thinking properly or making good decisions. Women are not even people worthy of dignity and respect because they are made in the image and likeness of God. No, they are seducers and prostitutes and drag men into sin. They need to learn their place and if that means a beating then so be it.
Now, thankfully the CHURCH DOES NOT TEACH that women are inferior or weak or need to stay at home or be uneducated. Considering the highest example of humanity is a woman (Mary) and that THREE doctors of the Church are women, the Catholic Church is much more welcoming and loving of women. Many of it’s members are not. Male and female. I have met many women who want to go back to having no rights, to not being educated, to having no legal protection, to getting rid of abuse and rape laws, to outlawing divorce, to keeping women at home and under the dictatorship of a man (not a husband that is the spiritual head which is much different).
They think these things are pleasing to God and that the Church has always taught this abuse of women. She has not. Yes, there have been men and women who have spoken and written that women are unrepentant seducers, that they are inferior and weak, and not capable of higher learning but they do not speak for the Church. They Do NOT SPEAK for the Church. The Church through Pope John Paul II wrote Mulieris Dignitatem that underscored and highlighted the value and dignity that women brought to the Church and to society at large.
The Catholic Church does not teach or endorse the abuse of women, their devaluing as members of the Church and society, or the twisted use of Catholic teaching to hurt women in any way. By hurting women, you hurt men and you hurt the Church. If I only knew and met only Traditionalists on my journey in the Catholic faith, I probably wouldn’t want to be Catholic or to remain Catholic if these were the kinds of people I would have to spend my life and eternity with. They aren’t very happy and they don’t like women and they hate anyone who doesn’t agree with them. I hate it when people hate women and would do anything to subjugate them or abuse them or even kill them because they don’t fit into their narrow world view. Sexism is alive and well even in American not just among “Traditionalist.”