Posted at Catholic Insight
Jimmy Carter, the thirty-ninth president of the United States, is making the rounds of the major media outlets and talk shows pedaling his new book, A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power. The description on Amazon.ca reads in part: “A Call to Action addresses the suffering inflicted upon women by a false interpretation of carefully selected religious texts and a growing tolerance of violence and warfare. Key verses are often omitted or quoted out of context by male religious leaders to exalt the status of men and exclude women. And in nations that accept or even glorify violence, this perceived inequality becomes the basis for abuse.”
Of course, Mr. Carter takes special aim at the Catholic Church, accusing us of suppressing women because we don’t allow them to become priests. In the process, he shows his complete ignorance of all things Catholic. In an interview on MSNBC, he opined that in the Catholic Church, “women are not qualified to have an equal role in the service of God as men. And of course, men all over the world take this as a proof that they can abuse their wives or pay less pay.”
I wrote a response to Mr. Carter on my blog at Catholic Insight. I invite you to read it over there.
Photo Source: Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution – Share Alike 3.0 Unported License. Bayonne, France; Statue of Jeanne d’Arc in the Guardian Angels’ Chapel of the cathedral.