Catholic Archbishop says domestic violence is caused by women ‘not obeying men’

Braulio Rodriguez told his congregation in Toledo, Spain, that wives could also escape being physically abused by not asking their husbands for a divorce

By Ian Sparks | 6 January 2016
The Mirror

Archbishop Braulio Rodriguez Plaza (Credit: Patheos)

An archbishop caused fury in Spain by saying domestic violence happens because “women do not obey men”.

The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Toledo, Braulio Rodriguez, told his congregation that wives could avoid being hit by doing what they are told.

Women could also escape being physically abused by not asking their husbands for a divorce , Rodriguez said.

He told churchgoers in his sermon: “The majority of cases of domestic violence happen because the woman’s partner does not accept them, or rejects them for not accepting their demands.

“Or often the macho reaction comes about because she asked for a separation.”

He also said many relationship problems occurred because the couple were not in a ‘true marriage’, and he criticised the practice of ‘quickie divorces’.

He said: “I don’t think our political leaders are worried about divorce figures when they have fought so hard to implement the so-called quick divorce.”

He made the comments during a mass held in Toledo Cathedral on December 27, and they were later published in the Our Father parish bulletin.

Thousands of furious Spanish women have now taken to social media to slam the cleric.

One wrote: “The archbishop of Toledo has linked domestic violence to couples not being in a ‘proper marriage’. So says the celibate man who believes in a ghost.”

Another added: “He should be locked up for inciting violence. This idiot should keep his medieval views to himself.”

In 2015, 56 women were killed in Spain because of domestic violence.

More than one million cases of domestic violence have been dealt with by the Spanish courts since 2007, with judges handing down prison sentences to 148,000 men.

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  1. Progressive catholics? Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and tomorrow. He's not coming back to say, oh I made a mistake and you fallible human beings know more than I do so I'm going to change what I said earlier.
    The hard choices are, do we want to follow man or do we want to follow God? He gave us freedom of choice. We can choose to follow or not and that's every person's personal choice. This bishop is fallible and made some extremely unfortunate statements but that doesn't mean the Church agrees.
    People are outraged and I get that as I work with abused people and am Catholic and proud of it. This bishop isn't the only person to say stupid things. There are ministers, preachers, teachers, police officers, doctors, etc etc who say stupid things as well because we are all fallible and capable of forming opinions but it doesn't mean our opinions are solid facts. That would be like saying if someone calls me a hot fudge Sunday I'm going to turn into one. That's ridiculous and irrational. We don't have to agree with this bishop and we certainly don't have to condemn an entire religion that has done much more good if anyone really wants to research it, than the not so good.

  2. Start entering their offices and arrest these people for 'Hate' crimes, crimes against humanity,
    and just plain lying!!!

    I always punished my children severely for lying!!

  3. He should be ashamed of himself. What happens when it’s a man that is being abused, it’s not all about a woman obeying their partner. I was abused by my ex partner and I say relationships work both ways. Men are at the same level as woman and should be treat equal!!!! So do u make your woman obey u or would u hurt them until they do?????

    You make me sick !!!!


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