Friday, February 17, 2012

Oh those baffled bishops

Today, the US Conference of Bishops has an interesting piece on their anti-equality site, Marriage Unique for a Reason.  Therein, the provide some salient facts about St. Philip Howard:

  • Born June 28, 1557, in London 
  • Died October 19, 1595, in the Tower of London 
  • Canonized in 1970 by Pope Paul VI 
  • Father of one son 
  • Patron of betrayal victims and separated spouses
Ah those good old days in the sixteenth century:
  • Henry, VIII whacked two, and divorced three, of his six wives     a record even Newt must envy.
  • The professions were closed to women (doctors, lawyers and teachers were always men).
  • The overwhelming majority of women did not work at all.
  • Those women who did work were most often household servants.
  • Married women, while housewives, were also household servants.
  • Girls were unable to go to school.
  • Few children of either sex went to school in Tudor England.
  • Tudor England was a hierarchical society. Everyone, male and female, was expected to know his or her place and defer to his or her superiors.
  • A married woman could not own property.
  • Marriages where arranged by, and for, men.
  • Girls were often forced to marry at the age of 12 to men they might have never even met.
Marriage has remained unchanged for 2,000 years. Right?
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