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Spanish archdiocese publishes controversial bestseller on marriage

Catholic World News - December 11, 2013

The Archdiocese of Granada has published Cásate y sé sumisa [Get Married and Be Submissive], the Spanish translation of a book by an Italian mother of four. Born in 1970, author Costanza Miriano describes her book as “an assemblage of letters to my friends, mostly female, about being a man or a woman, about engagement, marriage, family life, being open to life, having children, raising children.”

The book, which has been criticized by officials of both major political parties, has become a bestseller. “Granada City Hall has asked the attorney general’s office to look into whether the book contains material that would justify legal action,” the Irish Times reported.

Stating that the book never defends violence against women, and decrying the violence of abortion, Archbishop Francisco Javier Martínez Fernández of Granada dismissed the attacks on the book as “ridiculous and hypocritical,” according to an ACI Prensa report.

Miriano is also the author of Get Married and Die for Her, a book for men; the archdiocese intends to publish it as well.

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  • Posted by: New Sister - Dec. 11, 2013 1:28 PM ET USA

    I hope the Church's anticipated letter (document?) on the Sacrament of Marriage boldly exalts masculinity (protective, leadership role of men) and femininity (maternal, submissive role of women) in families and in the Faith.

  • Posted by: normnuke - Dec. 11, 2013 11:34 AM ET USA

    Costanza will be lucky if the peace and freedom loving liberals in Europe don't throw her in jail.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Dec. 11, 2013 6:53 AM ET USA

    Archbishop Martínez (in the link provided) states clearly what is going on here: the nihilist left, especially strong in Spain, is simply trying to censor an author whose ideas contradict its peculiar mindset. Ironically, it is the left, the supposed bastion of freedom of expression, that wants to muzzle Costanza Miriano. And this is the 1st case of censorship since the Franco era, a time in Spanish history the left never ceases to excoriate. The left truly has no shame. What hypocrites!

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