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Pope Joan!

Not merely thru habit, but by conviction i am a Protestant. Yet this morning, the Female pastoress in my church brought to reference the incidence of a FEMALE POPE. She said that during the middle ages there was a female Pope; that she fell down from her horse while giving birth; that she was killed by the fanatics who discovered that she was a female disguised as a male and that her name was JOAN.

Nice, very nice. Extremely edifying on a Sunday morning. For the life of me i can’t understand why these female priests want positions of power and pelf to be allocated to them- merely because they belong to that gender! This doesn’t seem to me as GENDER EQUALITY, but GENDER SOCIALISM!

I don’t think i have to  be apologetic merely because i am spewing venom on these half-baked agendas! I am not persuaded by Paul’s exhortations thru his epistles wherein he says that HE GIVES NO WOMAN THE AUTHORITY TO TALK IN THE CHURCH. For me Paul was a pharisee first and then he became a Christian Pharisee, and got included “ritualism” into Christianity, to advance his own prospects with the Jews. Further, who is he to give or not to give the AUTHORITY for women to talk? Merely because he was born ahead of us all, and proximate in time with Jesus and claimed direct conversion by Jesus, still he and his preachings cannot be the repository of all Christian “rules”. If women contribute  and build systems, then they have all the right to head, preach, teach, heal and do everything that a male is allowed to do.

Now the female Pastoress in my Church says: WOMEN FACE A LOT OF TROUBLES AND DO NOT GET RECOGNIZED. True, but this is not only true to women, but also to men and anything for that matter, as Thomas Gray had said

Full many a gem of purest ray serene
The dark unfathom’d caves of ocean bear:
Full many a flower is born to blush unseen,
And waste its sweetness on the desert air.

We can complain about the gems which have not been laid open for human appreciation or about the flower which has been lost in the desert, but EVERYTHING has its own time. Some deeds get recognized some don’t, this doesn’t mean one should promote one gender over the other.

Duty of man and all systems is to create systems which will recognize  effort, contribution, initiative, courage shown by humans irrespective of the gender to which the person belongs. Bringing in a Female Pope named Joan, who sustained her Papacy through a lie (stating that she was a male), having sex when CELIBACY was the rule of the Roman Catholic Church seems an uneven agenda merely to promote a world ruled by females. 

Poor pastoress, she wants to make a beehive out of this society. Why don’t they simply read the Bible and understand that there have been Deborahs, Jezebels, Ruths, Esthers, Bathshebas, Rahabs and a whole host of prominent women and that Jesus himself was born in the line of Rahab, Ruth, whose forebear was Judah who  was the father to the children born to his daughter-in-law TAMAR? and that ALL  these women, including Tamar, came to the limelight only through effort? The society is NOT GOING TO EVER GIVE WOMEN ALL THE ROYAL JELLY & HONEY and keep the drones at bay! Life is a struggle, at best we could avoid negative discrimination but to  recommend positive discrimination on the basis of gender seems preposterous for me. Otherwise our society would turn itself into an effeminate culture unable to withstand the underlying Bacchanalian forces. I’d like to end this rant with a wise saying by Andre Gide:

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”

It fits for WOMEN TOO!



Comments on: "Pope Joan!" (6)

  1. I remember some verses from the bible, which i do not think are made by some Misogynist, but for some other strong reasons which men and women fail to understand.

    1: Timothy 2:12

    And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence.

    1 Corinthians 14:34:
    Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in
    submission, as the Law says.

    Genesis 3:16:
    To the woman he said, “I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give
    birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.”

    1 Corinthians 11:5:
    And every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head–it is just
    as though her head were shaved.

    I do not know, but, after reading your blog, many women may think that you are a Misogynist. But the fact remains the same, that women cant equal a man, because God created her physically, psychologically, emotionally and intellectually weaker than MAN. This point they should understand.


  2. movid said:

    Arshad thanks for yr comment. Anyone who holds an opinion may express it, so long as the limits of decency and decorum are not breached. I don’t mind being called a MISOGYNIST, as i know that i do NOT hate women, in fact i LOVE THEM ALL- for various reasons. But to strive for “equality” without “equity” is something that people should avoid. I believe in EQUITABLE TREATMENT OF WOMEN but NOT EQUAL TREATMENT OF WOMEN. That is sought by some power hungry women, who do not factor the fundamentals. Thanks again. BTW all the quotes except for the one in Genesis were all epistles by Paul, about whom i have made my observations. So far as GENESIS is concerned, Moses is attributed authorship, but Jesus changed many tenets given by Moses in the New Testament, so i’d rather place reliance on Jesus’ sayings as reported by John firstly, Matthew secondly, Mark thirdly and Luke last. My perceptions and inferences are based on resolution of conflict among these texts.


  3. Chelraj said:

    Reading the story, I can draw 2 conclusions:

    1. Papacy did not correctly follow the tenets of scripture in ordaining its priests.
    2. Pope Joan did not correctly follow the tenets of Papacy.

    My opinion: If I am a known fraud and somebody defrauds me, who is to blame?



  4. Chelraj said:

    By the 14th century, it was believed that two ancient marble seats, called the sedia stercoraria (literally the dung chair), which were used for enthroning new Popes in the Basilica of St. John Lateran, had holes in the seats that were used for determining the gender of the new Pope. It was said that the Pope would have to sit on one of the seats naked, while a committee of Cardinals peered through the hole from beneath. Not until the late 15th century, however, was it said that this peculiar practice was instituted in response to the scandal of the female pope.




  5. Chelraj said:

    Thank you Movid. One interesting observation is that nobody ever noticed Pope Joan’s gender until the delivery of the child. Who knows, probably she was a better administrator than all her preceding Popes. A proof that women are in no way inferior to men.


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