The history of the West is heavily minted by Christianity as an organised religion. In particular, as far as the attitude to a woman is concerned. There is a number of facts that depict how this attitude developed and explain how did it come to the disrespect and abuse of the womanhood as such.
Paul declares: “those who marry will have torments of the flesh”. “Are not you tied to a wife? Do not look for a wife”.
The Council of Nicaea (325) decrees that man must not marry after his ordination as a priest. Pope Syrius (385) adds that after ordination, no man is permittedto sleep with his wife.
Augustine declares: “Frigidity is spirituality”. “Sex during marriage is only for those who cannot control themselves” The ideal would be no sex, at any moment and for eternity”.
Pope Gregory the Great declares the sexual desire as a sin.
Marozia, the mistress of Pope Sergius III, gives birth to the child that will become Pope John XI. John XI also had a son who succeeded him at the head of Papacy (John XII).
Pope Sextus IV is infamous for his mistresses.
Saint Peter`s Cathedral of Rome can be rebuilt thatnk to the papal trade in “indulgences“. Likewise Roman brothers are to finance the reconstruction of the dome.
The Council of the Trent declares celibacy superior to marriage.
In the 70`s Archbishop Danielou from France dies in the arms of a prostitute. Johan Paul II freezes the dispensation from celibacy introduced by his predecessor Paul VI.
In Europe and America, thousands of catholic priests are suspected of child sexual abuse.
In 1990, in the USA, 600 priests are charged with child sexual abuse. The pope is compelled to give his apologies. The Vatican incurs several million dollars in legal costs. In Canada, 19 churchmen are charged with rape and sexual abuse on children: 177 victims in total, 49 counts of indictment ranging from bodily lesions to sodomy.
The fact-line quoted from “The Search for the Divine Mother” by G.Verez.