16. Woman is an error of nature



WOMAN is second class: in the order of sin, it was woman first… (Eve). THE WOMAN is second class: in the decalogue, she is on a par with animals. THE WOMAN is second class: shaped after the male and after the animals.

Genesis 2:18,22 God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I want to make him a helper that is like unto him” … – Then the lord god fashioned out of the ground all manner of wild beasts and all the birds … – but the man did not find among the animals a helper that was like unto him … – God fashioned out of the rib, which he had taken from the man, a woman and brought her to the man.

Genesis 3:16 To the woman he said, “I will multiply your sorrows and your pregnancies; with sorrow you will bear children. Toward thy husband shall be thy instinct, and he shall rule over thee.”

Exodus 20:17 “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his slave, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that belongs to thy neighbor.”

Leviticus 12:1,8 “The lord added to Moses, ‘Report to the Israelites, when a woman has become pregnant and gives birth to a male, she shall be unclean for seven days; she shall be unclean as in the time of her rules. On the eighth day she shall circumcise the child. Then she shall remain thirty-three more days to purify herself from her blood; she shall not touch any holy thing, nor enter the sanctuary, until the days of her purification are fulfilled. But, if she gives birth to a female she shall be unclean two weeks as in the time of her rules; she shall remain sixty-six days to purify herself of her blood. When the days of her purification for a son or a daughter are fulfilled, she shall bring to the priest at the entrance of the tent of meeting a one-year-old lamb as a burnt offering and a pigeon or a turtledove as a sacrifice of atonement. The priest will offer them before the lord and perform the atoning rite for her; she will be cleansed by the flow of his blood. This is the law relating to the woman, who gives birth to a boy or a girl. If she has no means to offer a lamb, she will take two turtledoves or two doves: one for the burnt offering and the other for the atoning sacrifice. The priest shall perform the atoning rite for her and she shall be cleansed..

Leviticus 15:19,30 “When a woman has flow of blood, that is, flow in her body, for seven days she shall remain in menstrual uncleanness; everyone who touches her shall be unclean until evening. Every bed on which she will have put herself to sleep during her menstrual impurity will be unclean; every piece of furniture on which she will have sat will be unclean. Whoever touches her bedding shall wash his clothes, bathe in water, and shall be unclean until evening. Whoever touches any piece of furniture on which she has sat shall wash his robes, bathe in water and be unclean until evening. If an object is on the bed or on anything on which she has sat, anyone who touches this object will be unclean until the evening. If a man has intimate intercourse with her, menstrual impurity comes in contact with him: he shall remain unclean for seven days, and every bed on which he lies shall remain unclean. The woman who has a flow of blood for many days outside the time of menstruation, or who has it more than normal, will be unclean throughout the time of the flow, as she is during her menstruation. Every bed on which she lies down during the whole time of the flow shall be to her as the bed on which she lies down when she is menstruating; every object on which she sits shall be unclean, as it is when she is menstruating. Whoever touches those things will be unclean; she will have to wash her clothes, bathe in water, and will be unclean until evening. If she is cured of her flow, she will count seven days and then she will be pure. On the eighth day she shall take two turtledoves or two doves and bring them to the priest at the entrance to the tent of meeting. The priest will offer one as a sin offering and the other as a burnt offering, and he will perform for her the atoning rite before the Lord for the flux that made her unclean.”

Leviticus 18:19 “You shall not approach woman to discover her nakedness during menstrual uncleanness.”

Leviticus 20:18 “If one has intercourse with a woman during her menstruation and discovers her nakedness, that fellow has discovered the flow of her and she has discovered the flow of her own blood, therefore both of them shall be eliminated from their people.”

Deuteronomy 24:1 “If a man shall have taken a wife and consummated the marriage, but then his wife is no longer pleasing in his eyes because he has found something bad in her, let him write her the libel of repudiation, put it in her hand, and cast her out of the house.”

Deuteronomy 21:10,14 “If thou goest to war against thine enemies, and the lord thy god hath put them into thy hand, and thou hast taken captives, if thou seest among the captives a woman fair in appearance, and thou feelest so bound to her that thou wouldst take her to wife, thou shalt take her home. She shall shave her head, cut her nails, and take off the robe that she wore when she was taken, and she shall dwell in your house and mourn her father and mother for a whole month; after that, you may approach her and behave like a husband toward her, and she shall be your wife. If afterwards you no longer feel that you love her, you shall let her go at her pleasure, but you may by no means sell her for money or treat her as a slave, for the reason that you have already used her.”

Deuteronomy 22:13-21 “If a man marries a woman and, after cohabiting with her, takes her in hatred, ascribes scandalous deeds to her, and spreads an evil reputation about her, saying, I took this woman, but when I approached her I did not find her in a state of virginity, the father and mother of the young woman shall take the marks of the young woman’s virginity and present them to the elders of the city at the gate. The father of the young woman shall say to the elders, I have given my daughter in marriage to this man; he has taken her in hatred, and behold he attributes scandalous deeds, saying, I have not found your daughter in a state of virginity; well, these are the marks of my daughter’s virginity, and they shall unfold the cloth before the elders of the city. Then the elders of that city shall take her husband and chastise him, and shall impose upon him a fine of a hundred shekels of silver, which they shall give to the father of the young woman, for the fact that he has spread a bad name against a virgin of Israel. She shall remain his wife and he shall not be able to repudiate her as long as he lives. But if the thing is true, if the young woman has not been found in a state of virginity, then they shall bring her out at the door of her father’s house, and the people of her city shall stone her, so that she shall die, because she has committed infamy in Israel by disgracing herself in her father’s house. Thus you shall remove evil from the midst of you.”

Deuteronomy 22:28,29 “If a man finds a virgin maiden who is not betrothed, seizes her and sins with her, and they are caught in the act, the man who has sinned with her shall give the father of the maiden fifty shekels of silver; she shall be his wife, for the fact that he has dishonored her, and he shall not repudiate her as long as he lives.” (Raped girls were obliged to be wives and servants).

Judges 9:50,54 “Then Abimelech went to Thebes, laid siege to it, and took it. In the midst of the city was a fortified tower, where all the men and women took refuge, with the lords of the city; and they shut themselves up in it and went up to the terrace of the tower. Abimelech, having reached the tower, attacked it and approached the door of the tower to set fire to it. But a woman threw down the top piece of a millstone on Abimèlec’s head and cracked his skull. He hastily called the young man who was carrying his weapons to him and said, “Draw your sword and kill me, lest it be said of me, ‘A woman killed him!'” The young man pierced him, and he died.”

Esther 1:22 Bible Martini “Husbands are princes and superiors in their own houses, and that this should be made known to all peoples.”

Ezra 10:10 “And Ezra the priest stood up and said to them, “You have committed an act of unfaithfulness, marrying foreign women: thus you have increased the guilt of Israel. But now give praise to the LORD God of your fathers, and do his will, separating yourselves from the people of the land and from foreign women.”

Ecclesiastes 7:26 “I find that bitter more than death is the woman, who is all laces: a net her heart, chains her arms. He who is pleasing to God escapes her, but the sinner is caught in it.”

Sirach 19:2 “Wine and women mislead even the wise; even more reckless is he who frequents prostitutes.”

Sirach 25:26 “If she does not walk at the beckoning of your hand, remove her from your presence.”

Sirach 36:23 “A woman will accept any husband, but one young woman is better than another.”

Sirach 36:23 “A woman will accept any husband, but one young woman is better than another.”

1 Timothy 2:9,15 “In the same way let women, dressed decently, adorn themselves modestly and reservedly, not with braids and ornaments of gold, pearls or sumptuous robes, but, as befits women who honor god, with good works. Let the woman learn in silence, in full submission. I do not allow the woman to teach or dominate over the man; rather let her remain in a quiet attitude. For first Adam was formed and then Eve; and not Adam was deceived, but the one who was guilty of transgression was the woman, who allowed herself to be seduced. Now she will be saved by bearing children, provided she perseveres in faith, charity and sanctification, with wisdom.”

Ephesians 5:22,24 “let the wives be subject to their husbands as to the lord. in fact, the husband is the head of the wife, as the community is subject to christ, so also let the wives be subject to their husbands in all things.”

Colossians 3:18 “Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting toward the lord.”

Titus 2:4,5 “Make the young women come to themselves to love their husbands, to love their children, to be of sound mind, chaste, homemakers, good, submissive to their husbands, lest the word of God be spoken offensively.”

1 Peter 3:1,6 “Let not your adornment be the outward adornment – braided hair, gold necklaces, ostentation of clothes – seek rather to adorn the inside of your heart with an incorruptible soul full of meekness and peace: this is what is precious before god. This is how holy women who hoped in god once adorned themselves; they were submissive to their husbands, like Sarah who obeyed Abraham, calling him lord




S. Clement of Alexandria (2nd cent.) writes about woman, “the very thought of who she is is cause for shame.”

S. Irenaeus (2nd cent.) (Fragment No. 32): “Both, nature and law, place woman in a subordinate condition to man.”

Tertullian, Christian theologian (2nd cent.) writes: “Woman is a temple built on a cloaca. You, woman, are the door of the devil, you have circuited that same (male) whom the devil dared not attack in front of. It is because of you that the son of god had to die; you shall flee forever in rags and covered in rags.” “No woman may enter where a priest entertains himself.” (De Cultu Feminarum, book 1, ch. 1).

Apostolic Constitutions (III°, no. 9): “If “the head of the woman is the man” and it is the man who is appointed to the priesthood, it would not be right to abolish the creation, and abandon the head to go to the extremities. For the woman is the body of the man, drawn from his rib and subject to him, from whom she was separated for the generation of children. It is he, it was said to her, “who will be your master.” It is the man who is the most important part of the woman, being her boss. If on the basis of these premises, we do not allow her to teach, how could she be granted, in defiance of nature, to exercise the priesthood? Since it is the impious ignorance of the Greeks that prompted them to ordain priestesses for female deities. This is ruled out in the legislation of Christ. If it had been necessary to be baptized by women, the lord would undoubtedly have been baptized by his own mother and not by John. And when he sent us to baptize, he would have sent women with us for this purpose. But nowhere, no provision no writing, did He deliberate anything like that. He knew well what is in accordance with nature because at the same time he was the creator of nature and the author of legislation.”

Epiphanius of Salamis, (4th cent). (Panarion 79, §1): “Verily, women are of weak race, unworthy of trust, of mediocre intelligence.”

St. Jerome, father and doctor of the Catholic Church, (4th cent.) – (347-420): “For the purpose of the Christian education of a little girl, who does not know what flutes, lyres and zithers are for: music is forbidden. She is not to have pretty and well-groomed maids, but a serious, pale, sordid old virago who exhorts at night to prayer and the singing of psalms, and during the day to prayers at due hours. She must not take baths that hurt the sense of modesty of a maiden, who should never see herself naked. She will be brought up in the cloister under the gaze of her grandmother and will not look into the face of any man or even know that there is another sex.” “If it is good not to touch a woman, then it is evil to touch her: married men live like beasts, for in coitus with women men are distinguished in nothing from swine and unreasonable animals.”

St. Ambrose (4th cent.), “Adam was led to sin by Eve, not Eve by Adam.” “It is right, therefore, that the woman should receive as master the one whom she induced to sin.” “A male fetus becomes a human being after 40 days, a female one after 80 days.”

S. John Chrysostom (4th cent.) rails against women and says they must remain subject to men. He writes, “Woman is evil above all other evils, a serpent and poison against which no medicine is good.” “Women serve above all to satisfy the lust of men” . “Toward your man shall your longing go and he shall be your lord, so therefore descend to his dependence, so be one of the subordinates. Where there is death there is marriage and where there is no marriage there is no death.”

St. .Augustine (4th-5th cent.), father of the Christian Catholic church, writes that woman, not having been created in the image and likeness of god (“mulier non est facta ab imaginem dei”) is not equal to man, but is inferior. And he says it is right that “women are servants of men” because this “is the natural order of things.” (Issues on the Heptateuch, Book I°, §153). “There can be no doubt that it is more in keeping with the order of nature for man to rule over woman than for woman to rule over man. This is the principle that emerges when Paul of Tarsus says, “The head of the woman is the man,” and, “Wives, be submissive to your husbands.” The apostle Peter also writes, “Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him master.”” (On Concupiscence, Book I, ch.10). “Women should not be enlightened or educated in any way. They should, in fact, be segregated, for they are the cause of horrendous and unintentional erections of holy men.” And again, in “De genesis ad litteram IX” he writes: “If it is not for the generation of children that woman was given to man as a help, in what else could she have been a help to him? … to live and be together? When the company of two friendly men is preferable!” “Woman’s main value is her ability to bear children and her usefulness in household chores.”

At the Council of 620, the council fathers hotly disputed whether to admit that women could also have souls.

St. Hodon (10th cent.), abbot of Cluny, writes: “If men could see what is hidden under the skin of women…they would vomit…and we would not want to touch even with our fingertips that manure.”

St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas both declared themselves in favor of female prostitution and exploitation. Think of the condition women suffered in the medieval centuries, when they were not subjects of any civil rights, when they had to suffer the violence that was considered normal facts, in the order of things. When they were demonized, considered witches, tortured naked in the presence of and at the behest of clergy representatives and burned alive as a spectacle for the public square.

Guido de Baysio (1285 -1349), Rosarium, c. 27, q. 1, ch. 23: “Women cannot receive ordination, because ordination is reserved for perfect members of the church, since other men have been entrusted with the distribution of grace. Women are not perfect members of the church, only men are. Add to this that women are not in the image of god, only men are.”

Antonio de Butrio (1338-1408), Commentaria, II, fol. 89r: “It is fitting that women should not possess the power of the keys because they are not in the image of God, but only man is the glory and image of god. This is because woman must be subject to man and serve him as a slave, and there can be no other way.”

St. Thomas Aquinas (13th cent.), “doctor angelicus,” writes that woman serves only as a means of reproduction and must be submissive to man, because “vir est caput mulieris.” He also says that only man has a perfectly formed body and soul, so woman’s submission to man is justified “by divine and natural law.” He explains that woman was built physically and spiritually imperfect, she is a malformation of nature, she is “a mutilated, mistaken, miscarried male, an abortion:” “femina est mas occasionatus.” “Woman is an error of nature, a kind of mutilated, failed and failed man. Females are born because of a failed seed or wet winds. Woman’s main value is her ability to give birth and her usefulness in household chores.” “Because of the deficiency of their reason, the testimony of women before the courts will not be accepted, just as the testimony of children and madmen is not accepted.” “In any case woman serves only the propagation of the species. However, woman drags man’s soul down from its sublime height, bringing his body into a bondage more bitter than any other.” “So that it is seen how caused by a particular nature (of the action of male semen), a woman is nothing but a lack, or a negative case. By the active power of the sperm, it always seeks to produce something completely equal to itself, that is, a male. If, on the other hand, a woman is generated, this may happen because the semen is weak, or because the matter (provided by the female) is inadequate, or because of the action of external factors such as the action of the southerly winds that make the air moist.” “The woman must veil her head, for she is not the image of God.” (Summa Theologica, 1, q. 92, art 1).

Pope Pius II (15th cent.) writes, “When you see a woman, think that she is a devil, that she is a kind of hell.” “Women are destined by nature for common enjoyment.”

Pope Innocent VIII, “Vicarius Christi,” issued a law in 1484, “Summis desiderantes affectibus,” by which he codified the ways in which women suspected of heresy were to be persecuted, how precisely they were to be tortured and then burned alive. Women could end up in horrific prisons, suffer torture and die at the stake just because of an envious backbiting neighbor. Their family was stripped of property, which was divided between the whistleblower and the ecclesiastical judge who condemned them. The pontiffs unleashed inquisitors everywhere, who implanted, from village to village, the terrible Tribunals of the Holy Inquisition, at the expense of the people, and whose task it was to ferret out heretics and alleged witches in order to exterminate them. To be suspected of heresy and arrested it was enough to have said a wrong word, not participate in religious rites, play cards, go to unauthorized parties, dance.

S. Charles Borromeo (16th cent.) who was of the ugliest features, hated women to such an extent that he did not even want them to wander the streets alone: “…go idly wandering through the quarters…bait for disordered desires… instrument of perdition.” His fanatical pathological misogynism made him build wooden partitions in churches to prevent men from looking at women.

S. Boniface, Benedictine missionary and apostle to the Germans, 675-754 “Women may not sing in church.”

St. Albert the Great, Doctor of the Church 1206-1280 “Male semen gives birth to perfect, that is, masculine forms, but if by some adversity it is spoiled, then it gives birth to females, for in coitus there is only deformity, turpitude, filthiness, repugnance.”

Pope Leo XIII (19th cent.) in “Rerum novarum”: “…women are made for domestic work.”

Pope Benedict XV (20th cent.): “It is appropriate to vote for women because they are more conservative and more attached to ecclesiastical circles, but this does not detract from their necessary inequality and inferiority inasmuch as sacred scripture especially subjects two of the greatest dangers to our attention: wine and women.”

Pope Pius XI, year 1930, Encyclical Casti Connubi: “A woman may not use contraceptive methods even to protect herself from a husband who suffers from venereal diseases… or drunk and violent… not even if she is put in danger of life because of pregnancy…”

Pope Paul VI (20th cent.) reread part of Tertullian’s De Cultu Feminarum: “The principal duty of the wife is to provide for the government of the home in subordination to her husband. The man has the last word in all economic and domestic matters, and the woman must be ready for obedience in all things: her place is above all in the home. The efforts of those feminists whose claims aim at broad equality between men and women are to be condemned.”

Jesuit Wild in 20th century “Girls who wear miniskirts will end up in hell.”

Synod of Paris, 846 “No woman may enter where a priest entertains himself.”

Synod of Coyaca, 1050 “Near churches no women may dwell.”

2nd Synod of Toledo, 589 “Priests who harbor suspicious women shall be punished. The bishop is to sell the women as slaves.”

Synod of Elvira, 4th cent. “Women may neither write nor receive letters in their own name.”