October 16th, 2012 16:16 EST
Living The Faith Means Dying to Feminism
"Let the woman 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." (1 Timothy 2: 11,12)
Pope Benedict`s call to live the Faith during this Year of Faith contains the solution to the post-conciliar crisis if we understand it correctly. The truest way of living the Faith is by restoring the Faith in all its life giving facets, and taking a stand against abortion is one of the most effective ways of doing this.
But living the Faith also means denouncing feminism which reared its head at Vatican II, since it is the foundation of abortion. It means reiterating the Church`s continuous teaching that the man is always the head of the household. "Because he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of the man. For the man is not of the woman, but the woman of the man. For the man was not created for the woman, but the woman for the man." (1 Corinthians 11: 7-9) A woman`s vocation as wife is to submit to her husband`s authority and not compete with him as an equal, and this orthodox teaching is needed today to offset the ensuing culture of death that feminism brought with it.
It`s the story of Eve and the serpent again. Sin entered the world through Eve and has re-entered among us through the brazen followers of Eve (ERA), and their clamor for women`s rights is what gave birth to legalized abortion in America. So the way to eradicate the cancer of abortion is by eradicating the tumor of feminism which sparked the worst murder epoch of human history. As Christ said, "By their fruits you shall know them." (Matthew 7:20)
Vatican II helped to spawn this culture of death, since the seeds of feminist protest were planted in its documents. In the document, Gaudium et Spes, it states for instance: "Women claim parity with men in fact as well as in rights, where they have not already obtained it."  "It is regrettable that those basic personal rights are not yet being respected everywhere, as in the case with women who are denied the chance to freely choose." 
What is reflected here is the basic protest or "dogma" of the feminist, not the dogma of Faith. In God`s eyes women do not stand at parity with men, nor must they assert themselves as men, whether in the home, in society, or in the Church. For the woman is not man`s equal, but a helpmate. God first created the man to his own image (Genesis 2:7), and then he formed the woman from the man, and for the man (Genesis 2: 21-25).
The whole point of marriage is the submission of the wife to her husband. St. Paul teaches that in the same way the church must be subject to Christ, so wives must be subject to their husbands. "Let women be subject to their husbands, as to the Lord: Because the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body." (Ephesians 5: 22,23)
In the Vatican II statements on marriage, there is absolutely nothing written along these lines. The documents make no mention whatsoever of this essential truth, but they rather lay the groundwork for feminism. The Council denounces "underrating women`s legitimate social advancement" (GS-52), and cites it the duty of all to "ensure the recognition and implementation everywhere of the right of every person to human and civil culture in harmony with the dignity of the human person, without distinction of race, sex, nation, religion, or social circumstances." (GS-60)
The Vatican II Decree on the Apostolate of Lay People, Apostolicam Actuositatem, states: "Since in our days women are taking an increasingly active share in the whole life of society, it is very important that their participation in the various sectors of the Church`s apostolate should likewise develop." (AA-9) Here the Council advocates that the Church should follow the ways of the world, yet in his encyclical, Quadragesima Anno, Pope Pius XI condemned women`s participation in ministry as "a grave disorder to eliminate at all cost" since it "takes mothers of families" away from their duties at home. (AA S 23)
What the Vatican II feminist agenda has produced is a spirit of rebellion in the Church. The Church was called to be the Spouse of Christ without blemish, but at the Council she became unruly and threw off her wedding veil and started flirting with the world, to the end that a general spirit of infidelity has set in, evidenced even by the way women no longer cover their heads in Church before God. The eternal mandates for women set forth in 1 Corinthians 11: 5 to wear head coverings in church are no longer observed and are even rejected by many priests and nuns, some of whom are involved with abortion. It`s all part of the false religious liberty that was a central theme of the Second Vatican Council -- a discordant theme that didn`t harmonize with God`s plan for life.
When God`s plan for the sanctification of women is again promoted from the pulpit, then will the abortions decrease and the bountiful fruits of life will again be evident as before the Vatican II Council. As with men, women are in no way deprived of their privilege to advance on the path of true religious liberty, but it has to be done on God`s terms. What God has endowed women with is the right to do what is right so that they can be liberated from wrong. As St. Paul says: "She shall be saved through child bearing; if she continue in faith, and love, and sanctification, with sobriety." (1 Timothy 2:15)
It is God above all else who seeks the honor and sanctification of women, and what he requires is that women be under their husbands and remember their place in the home to see to the needs of their children. Accordingly, they must remain off the altars of God and be silent in the Church, remembering the words of Holy Scripture: "Let women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted them to speak, but to be subject." (1 Corinthians 14: 34)
The foregoing is not to imply that women should be recessive in proclaiming the truth in our discordant world. On the contrary, we need fighters from the ranks of women who will stand up against these feminazis and break their horns before the public. God`s will for women is their sanctification, and we need more Joan of Arcs who will come forward and thunder against sin by proclaiming family values without respect to persons. The Lord wants women to be strong, not weak, so that they`re not held captive by feminist nonsense.
This Year of Faith is a most appropriate time to declare that the women`s rights movement that began 50 years ago has ruined it for women, their children, and society. Women today are discouraged about their identity where they feel they must be ashamed of their womanhood, and this poor example in the home is what has turned many a young man against women where they now seek illicit relations with the same sex [homosexuality]. The pedophilia scandal among the clergy is the sorrowful end of this curse, which God in his providence has allowed as a wake-up-call for his Church, and this Year of Faith is the acceptable time for clergy and laity to awaken from their slumber!
St. Paul said: "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good." (1 Thessalonians 5:21) The remedy for today`s woman is to look to the example of the Blessed Virgin, who was never once seen on a soap-box preaching in public. She left this to the men, and her humility is what gave her the power to crush the head of Satan. So by following Our Lady`s example, women too can share in this power over Satan and be liberated from this fear where they feel they must impress the world with their tantrum. When faith and love reign in the heart there is no need to impress anyone, since we live only to God, being dead to the world.
IT IS IN THIS MANNER that clergy and laity are called to live this Year of Faith. In the words of St. Paul: "If you be risen with Christ, seek the things that are above; where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God: Mind the things that are above, not the things that are upon the earth. For you are dead; and your life is hid with Christ in God... Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness [homosexuality], lust, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is the service of idols. For which things the wrath of God cometh upon the children of unbelief." (Colossians 3:1-6)
Living the Faith then means putting off the world and "taking the shield of faith, wherewith you may be able to extinguish all the fiery darts of the most wicked one." (Ephesians 6:16) Let that be our rule and standard during this Year of Faith.
By David Martin