The celebrated Heroine
AVE ... SANTA MARIA
UNITING OF THE TWIN SOULS
... THE PASSION OF LIFE
Why is the Magdalene suddenly a magazine cover girl all over the world and the new heroine ?
One reason for the Magdalene's popularity is that feminist attitudes are no longer confined to the intellectuals of the Church ... but have filtered down to ordinary women - and to not a few men - at the grass roots, so that millions are beginning to question the misogyny and prudishness of a patriarchal church that has long sidelined and scapegoated her for her blatant sexuality.
For example, the scandalous cruelty of the 'Magdalene' laundries where 'fallen' or unwed pregnant women were imprisoned and abused.
From being an ob
Nevertheless, for the puritans and patriarchs who have mostly dominated Christianity this 'scarlet woman', who stayed so close to the heart of a few, has always been a shameful embarrassment. The fact remains that the Fathers of the early Christian church were deeply and pathologically disturbed by the sexuality of women.
For them sex was the direst of sins, directly caused by Eve's transgression in the Garden.
Out of their paranoia of the flesh arose the doctrinal myth of Mary the Mother's miraculous chastity and virginity.
By the power of the Virgin Birth and a church of celibate priests and virgin nuns, they hoped to reverse Eve's original sin and escape the lures of the Devil in the highly licentious world of ancient Rome with its ubiquitous erotic and orgiastic cults.
'The root of the Fathers' obsession with Mary's virginity', was the Fathers' definition of evil ... sexuality represented the gravest danger and the fatal flaw ... they viewed virginity as its opposition and its conquerer.
Medieval Songs for Mary Magdalen
ART CELEBRATING WOMEN
A collection of some of Robert Hagan's romantic oil paintings.