Surely few readers of these “Comments” realized, before reading those of last week, in just how many places the New Testament addresses directly the question, so vexed today, of man and woman. Or, when they see these quotes are gathered together, how much they say the same thing, and how far what they say departs from the teaching and practice of modern man and woman. Let us comment on the quotes :-

–   Gen. II, 18-24 : A helpmate Even before the very first woman was created, she was designed by God to be oriented towards her man; to be his faithful wife (“two in one flesh”), to enable him to have children and make a family (as no other man could do), to make a new generation (“leaving father and mother”), to continue mankind, eventually to populate the earth (and not de-populate it: Gen. IX, 1, 7). All of this Adam immediately understood. Today’s feminists try to get away from this orientation to man, but it is far too deep in their nature, and to any degree that they succeed, it is a disaster for women and men. See MIGTOW, a reaction of men to the feminism denaturing women. Man and woman are designed by God with a marvellous complementarity, as of head and heart in a human being, they need one another, and nature will always bring them together.  

Gen. III, 16 : The Fall : punishment, submission Even before the Fall, Eve was subordinate to Adam, because in God’s Creation there is everywhere order and hierarchy, not equality and disorder. To man God gives gifts of reason to make him the head of family and society, to woman He gives gifts of love to make her the heart of family and home. But while before the Fall this natural subordination of woman had been painless, after the Fall by which Eve had made Adam fall, as part of her punishment by God, this subordination became painful. By supernatural grace in a Christian marriage that pain is eased, but by pride in feminism the pain becomes only worse.  

1 Cor. XI, 3-12 :  Hierarchy St. Paul’s teaching could not be more clear: 1 God. 2 Christ. 3 Man. 4 Woman. Here is the key to feminism. If man throws off God and Christ, woman will naturally throw off man. If man wishes to restore order in hi home and society, he must start by subordinating himself to God through Christ. It is then quite reasonable to argue that the real authors of today’s disastrous feminism are rather the men than the women.  

Eph. V, 21-33 : Marriage Thus in this longer quote which serves as Epistle in the Catholic Wedding Mass, verses 24 and 33 remind the future wife of her duty to be submissive and respectful towards her husband, but all the other verses are directed to the husband, to tell him to look after his wife, as Christ looks after His own Body, the Church. That is a sublime example for a marriage to follow. It depends on the man to give the right lead to his wife.  

Col. III, 18-21 : Family Here is the essential complementarity: Husbands, love your wives; wives, submit to your husbands.  

1 Tim. II, 9-15 :  Salvation by motherhood When the men are godless, as today, then women take over, in society as in the home, and sometimes they have to do so. With the unhappy results we observe all around us, because women are natured not to exercise authority, but to give and receive love, especially through being mothers.  

Titus II, 4-5 :  Centred on the home As man needs to be creative by his work, so woman needs to be creative by making a family and home.

1 Peter III, 1-7 : Two more reasons for wives to submit One: the insubmission of wives is so unnatural, that, practised by Christians, it will discredit Christ. Two: women are weaker than men, and so should give way, while men should look after their weakness.                                                                                                                                          Kyrie eleison

Saints Peter and Paul, on women, teach the same –

It’s up to the men to lead them, in God’s name.