Is the Coronavirus Misogynistic?

August 26, 2020
Mgr Georg Bätzing

The following is an editorial from DICI No. 399.

The [ultra-progressive] Community of Catholic Women of Germany (KFD) organized the first “Women Preachers’ Day” on Sunday May 17, 2020. 12 women were heard preaching during Masses celebrated in public, so as to show that preaching is not the prerogative of men. Unfortunately, the coronavirus epidemic prevented them from satisfying this “lust for the pulpit” and galvanizing their audience; their homilies were broadcast on video. The coronavirus must be misogynist and clerical.

In 2019, 272,771 German Catholics left the Church, a 26% increase from the previous year. According to Bishop Georg Bätzing, the president of the German Bishops’ Conference, this decrease in religious practice shows “an erosion of personal ties with the Church,” – “Ah! In gallant terms these things are put!” (Molière, Le Misanthrope, 1, 2, 325)

According to a study by the diocese of Essen, published in 2018, the cause of this “erosion” may be attributed to the place and image of women in the Church, as well as the celibacy of Catholic priests. But since the various Protestant denominations—wherein women can be ministers of religion and their pastors are married— are losing just as many faithful, it seems safe to say that it is not by “Protestantizing” the Catholic Church that will enable the fight against the Saharan desertification which threatens it.

This is precisely what the [hyper-progressive] chairman of the Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK), Thomas Sternberg, does not understand. According to him, we must review the conditions of access to the priesthood to open it to married men and women. Does he think that this will compensate for the growing decrease in the number of priests? A survey, published on July 10 in the Augsburger Allgemeine, indicates that this year there will be only 57 priestly ordinations for the 27 dioceses of Germany, after having only 55 in 2019. In 20 years, their numbers have fallen by 60%. In 2000, there were 154 ordinations, and in the years 1960-1970 more than 300 per year.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau said: “Let us begin then by laying facts aside, as they do not affect the question” (Discourse on Inequality, Introduction). - In the eyes of progressives, facts and figures are misogynist, clerical, and… traditionalist.