So, the white smoke has puffed out of the holy chimney, the bells have rung, and the world’s 1 billion Catholics have a new pope.
I for one am already worried. The German Joseph Ratzinger is a hardline right winger, so we should expect more of the same when it comes to contraception and abortion. The last pope was an obstacle to efforts to tackle the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa, something which increasilyaffects women more than men.
And now a nun has come forward to say that the new pope has a ‘limited’ understanding of women.
Apparently: ‘He thinks of feminists as man-hating and as seeking division between men and women rather than full equality between men and women.’