The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Toledo, Braulio Rodriguez, told his congregation that wives could avoid being hit by doing what they are told. One of the highest-ranking clerics in the Vatican has spoken out about domestic violence, saying that women only have themselves to blame for "not obeying men".
The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Toledo, Braulio Rodriguez Plaza, told his congregation that wives should "do what they're told" if they want to avoid being beaten.Rodriguez Plaza, who's the Primate of Spain, making him the Catholic Church's most powerful man in the country, added that women could escape being hit by their husbands by not asking them for a divorce.Addressing churchgoers during his sermon, he said: "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."
According to the Mirror, he also said many relationship problems occurred because the couple was not in a "true marriage", and he criticized 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, and they were later published in the Our Father parish bulletin.A copy of Rodriguez Plaza's homily was posted to the diocese's official website, but then quickly removed again.
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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