UPDATED: A reader from the Society of St. Pius themselves writes in to say, "It is not true that the SSPX says woman may not have authority. The Blessed Virgin Mary has authority, even over the Pope. A queen has authority over her subjects. Mothers have authority over their children. Etc. All authority comes from God, not from the person."
So if you're a Queen or the Virgin Mary you can have authority over men. If you're a mother you can have authority over children. But if you are a woman, like 50% of people usually are, you are forbidden from having authority over the other half. The quoted piece below specifically calls them out for banning women from positions of organizational authority over men, which the reader from SSPX does not address. Though I would welcome it!
DownWithTyranny!: A Catholic Sect Crazy Enough For The Teabaggers?
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The Southern Poverty Law Center considers the Society of St. Pius X a dangerous right-wing group that grew right out of Nazism. Founded by a psychotic French archbishop, Marcel Lefebvre in 1970, the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) is one of the most reactionary, anti-democratic elements in French politics, advocating a restoration of an absolute monarchy while condemning the French Revolution and everything it stood for (Liberty, egality, fraternity). Lefebvre himself is a dedicated fascist and pro-Nazi supporter of the Vichy government of Philippe Petain and the neo-Nazi National Front of Jean-Marie le Pen (something like a French version of our own teabaggers). In fact Lefebvre urged his supporters to vote for le Pen based on le Pen's unambiguous opposition to women's Choice. And their disdain for women goes beyond health issues... and, of course, beyond France. (Remember, this is the anti-Semitic cult Mel Gibson finances.)
Kansas recently elected an extreme right Catholic Opus Dei governor with SSPX sympathies, Sam Brownback. He was born into a normal Protestant family, moved to extreme evangelicalism and finally discovered something far more reactionary, the Opus Dei/SSPX branch of Catholicism. But in Kansas? You bet! Here's a 2008 report from Topeka on Good Morning America:
Just minutes before she was scheduled to referee a boy's varsity basketball game at St. Mary's Academy, Michelle Campbell was told she would not be allowed to work the game because she is a woman.
St. Mary's Academy, near Topeka, Kan., is a controversial religious school that follows older Roman Catholic laws, but many argue that religious beliefs does not give the school the right to discriminate.
"The policy of the school was that they indeed do not permit female officials to officiate the boys athletic contests at their school," said Gary Musselman, executive director of the Kansas State High School Athletics Association.
The school's policy-- straight from the SSPX hymnal-- is to not allow women to have authority over men. Perhaps that's the mentality that was behind the total melting away of Michele Bachmann's Republican Party support within days of Rick Perry entering the GOP presidential race.
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