Author Topic: Catholic Church to UN: ‘Holy See Does Not Take the Position…That Boys Cannot Cook and Clean’  (Read 341 times)

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( - In a set of pointed answers responding to written questions from the United Nation’s Committee on the Rights of the Child—which includes members from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, Tunisia, Ethiopia, Malaysia, and Russia, and which told the church to remove "gender stereotyping" from Catholic school textbooks—the Vatican noted that the Catholic Church does not believe that girls cannot ride bicycles and boys cannot cook and clean, but that it does believe boys and girls are “different in their biological sex.”

The Vatican also pointedly rejected the committee's use of the term "gender" rather than the "sex"--noting that the latter, not the former, appeared in the actual text of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

“[T]he Holy See does not take the position that girls cannot study or ride a bike because they are female or that boys cannot cook or clean because they are male,” the church told the UN committee. “On the other hand, the Holy See does not accept the ideology that masculinity and femininity are social constructs along with the notions of boy or girl or sister or brother or mother or father.”

The Vatican’s responses were part of the process leading to the committee’s report, released today, on the Vatican’s compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. In this report, the committee recommended that the Catholic Church change its positions on abortion and marriage and alter the textbooks used in Catholic schools to ensure they do not engage in “gender stereotyping.”

“The Committee urges the Holy See to review its position on abortion which places obvious risks on the life and health of pregnant girls and to amend Canon 1398 relating to abortion with a view to identifying circumstances under which access to abortion services can be permitted,” said the committee.

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[T]he Holy See does not take the position that girls cannot study or ride a bike because they are female

Funny how a committee that includes Saudis would criticize the Vatican for this, seeing as how the Saudis - and most muslim countries for that matter - do take the position that girls cannot do things like study, or drive (or, most likely, ride a bike) or etc, etc, etc, because they are female.

It's a sign of the times that the irony seems to have escaped most people.

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