Jun 10, 2015
Dedicated to his Eminence, Raymond Cardinal Burke
Any reverent reading of Genesis sheds abundant light on the key role played by woman in the economy of redemption. She was created last – the apex of creation – and her body was the only material creature taken from the flesh of a person. Whereas Adam's body was taken from the slime of the earth – an un-aristocratic beginning – her body was taken from the one of Adam honored by having an immortal soul. Worth mentioning is also Adam's joy when waking up from his sleep and seeing her for the first time: he exclaimed: "blood of my blood, flesh of my flesh" acknowledging thereby that she was worthy to his companion. Then he declared her to the "mother of the living" – proclaiming that she has received the unfathomable privilege of giving life. However he himself is not called "the father of the living". God also states that man is to leave father and mother and adhere to his wife. Between woman and man there is a unique bond, but they had to differ from each other for their reciprocal mission is to complement each other. The fullness of human nature is to be found in their union.
When Eve gave birth to Cain, she joyfully exclaimed: "with the help of God I have brought a man into the world". Adam is not mentioned. I can picture him in the background, sheepishly muttering: "I too had a role in the becoming of my son". Why this omission? The reason is obvious: Eve proves to be a budding theologian: for what Adam gave her was his semen generously put by God in his body and over which, once given to his wife, he has no control whatsoever. He can do nothing to guarantee that it will fertilize her egg. Crucial is to recall that the very moment a new living substance comes into existence, an amazing thing takes place: God simultaneously places a new soul into this new animal body which, through the divine action, becomes the body of a person. The latter has an immortal soul which can be produced neither by father nor mother. All they can do is to give a chance to what God Himself has placed in their bodies, to produce a new physical organism. Animals too have living bodies but are denied personhood. It is only when God Himself who at the very moment of fertilization, places a totally new soul which He alone could create and places into the woman's body that a new human person comes into existence. The newly conceived person has a dignity that no other material being possesses. This divine intervention sheds light on the horror called "abortion". Hence, Eve was fully justified in giving God credit. Let us also not forget, that whatever has been touched by God has a note of sacredness. This is why Eve's body is blessed. This divine contact gives her body a dignity that calls for awe and veiling; it is in this light that we should understand the command of St. Paul that women should be veiled in church. It is sign of their privileged dignity. How it is to be hoped that a Christian husband, worthy of this name remembers this when he embraces his wife. But today, alas, the secularists have persuaded feminist numbskulls that the very make-up of the female body is a sign of her metaphysical inferiority.
The reading of a fact will depend on the mind's approach to this fact. It will inevitably be differently interpreted by a "liberal" mind and one blessed with humility, that is the only adequate posture for reading God's message: on one's knees. The validity of Biblical scholarship depends upon the metaphysical position adopted by the scholar: this explains why his work leads to either a deepening of one's faith or to a "liberal" interpretation, inevitable when one reads this sacred book with the deforming lenses of human pride. Liberal scholars have arthritic knees. Such a scholar's mind is set upon refusing to be "baptized".