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Archbishop implies that women who don’t “obey” husbands deserve domestic violence.
The dangerous words by the Catholic archbishop of Spain are circulating the globe via mainstream media and social media and have been met with anger and rage.
In his sermon/homily on Sunday, December 27, 2015, Archbishop Braulio Rodriguez Plaza of Toledo implied women are to blame for domestic violence and should not ask their husbands for a divorce. He added that the majority of domestic abuse deaths occur when a man “does not accept” his partner or “rejects them for not accepting their demands.”
Lee Moran with The Huffington Post reports Rodriguez Plaza has not commented to the press:
Rodriguez Plaza’s comments came as Spanish police revealed that a 43-year-old woman in Madrid had become the country’s first domestic violence victim of 2016. She was allegedly strangled in her home by her 41-year-old partner, who later turned himself in, reports Publico.
Paco Alonso, a TV journalist nails it:
“Another archbishop that justifies the unjustifiable.”
The number of women killed in Spain from domestic violence last year is 56. In America, a reported four to five women die every day—over 1,500 each year.
If you are a victim, or know someone experiencing abuse/domestic violence, there is free and confidential help available. Visit The National Domestic Violence Hotline website at TheHotline.org or call 1-800-799-7233 | 1-800-787-3224 (TTY). The organization also offers live chats. If there is immediate danger, first call 911.
For an extensive study with facts and statistics about domestic violence visit: The National Institute for Justice
According to Pew Research Center, there are over 75 million self-identified Catholics in America, and Georgetown Education Services reports over 650 million in the world.