A document published on Sunday by the Irish Catholic Church has proposed that seven New Testament texts be dropped from church services as they give "an undesirably negative impression regarding women".
    The texts would be better omitted from Catholic Church services, and where quoted, "in any context, they should be suitably commented on in the light of contemporary church teaching", according to the document.
    It also suggested that "the language of the Scriptures needs to be explained so that it is not implemented as being anti-woman".
    The Domestic Violence document was prepared by the Irish Bishops' Commission for Justice and Peace and their Pastoral Commission. Dr Laurence Ryan, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, is president of the former commission, while Dr William Walsh, Bishop of Killaloe, is president of the latter.
    In a joint foreword to the document, the chairmen of both commissions said that on the issue of domestic violence "the church, like other sectors, has had its learning curve, and there is still a long way to go". It had also "not been without its share of responsibility [for such violence] in the past and we acknowledge this".
    The proposed la carte approach to the use of Scripture in church services would mean lines from St Paul, such as ". . . wives should submit to their husbands in everything"(Ephesians), would be out.
Irish Times
29 Aug 00

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