Contraception feeds violence against women, papal theologian says
The widespread use of contraception has led to increased violence and aggression against women, the theologian of the papal household said during a visit to Sydney.
Dominican Fr Wojciech Giertych, appointed to his position by Pope Benedict XVI in 2005, said that the contraceptive mentality has distorted male sexuality, leading to violence toward women.
“Contraception is not for women, it’s for men,” Fr Giertych told The Catholic Weekly, newspaper of the Sydney Archdiocese. “It makes men egoists. It makes many of them degenerates and we’re seeing the consequences of that.”
Fr Giertych said government statistics in Italy revealed that a woman was murdered every four days from 2009 to 2011. He said more than 80 per cent of the perpetrators were sexual partners of the victims, such as boyfriends, husbands or former partners.
Even more violence is carried out against women in other countries, he said, pointing to Mexico, where six women are murdered every day, according to reports in L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper.
“In the hearts and minds of these men there is the treating of the woman as an object to which he has a right. This deforms the male, freeing him from all responsibility,” Fr Giertych said.
Picture: Dominican Fr Wojciech Giertych, theologian of the papal household, is pictured in the chapel at his residence in the Apostolic Palace in 2013. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).Tags: contraception, Dominican, Fr Giertych, Fr Wojciech Giertych, papal, theologian, violence, women