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L'Osservatore editor sees 'misogyny' in Church leadership

July 09, 2012

The leading female contributor to the Vatican newspaper has suggested that if women had a greater role in Church leadership, the sex-abuse scandal would not have occurred.

“If there had been women in positions of power they would not have allowed those things to happen,” Lucretta Scaraffia said in an AFP. Scaraffia edits a special section of L’Osservatore Romano aimed at women readers, and has pressed for more women in Vatican posts to counteract what she describes as “misogyny in the Church.”


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  • Posted by: Defender - Jul. 09, 2012 10:46 PM ET USA

    Misogyny in the Church? Even in the upper regions of the Church, the lack of or poor catechesis shows through or is it purely feminism? If those responsible had done their jobs to begin with, none of this would have occured.

  • Posted by: mrschips19308196 - Jul. 09, 2012 10:02 PM ET USA

    I am a woman and I do not agree with her "suggestion".

  • Posted by: Exaudi nos - Jul. 09, 2012 6:31 PM ET USA

    The phrase "position of Power" is a little troubling. What happen to the servant of the servant?

  • Posted by: polish.pinecone4371 - Jul. 09, 2012 6:04 PM ET USA

    "The paedophilia scandal was almost exclusively male. If there had been women in positions of power they would not have allowed those things to happen." "If there were women with authority in the Church, nothing would be leaked. Women are freer because they do not have such thoughts of power." Translation: "Women don't want power. But give us the power we don't want so we can make everything right." Right. Just like Eve. And Jezebel.

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Jul. 09, 2012 5:07 PM ET USA

    I realize that the Holy Father has a lot of things to do, but one of them needs to be replacing the editorial staff of L'Osservatore Romano with some orthodox journalists. I know they exist.