Best Post Yet on Episcopal Bishop Catherine Roskam’s Comments at Lambeth

(Crossposted from

roskam2 This is the best posting on the subject that I’ve seen.  Ann over at what the tide brings in wrote:

The Times has a blaring headline: US female bishop Catherine Roskam: male prelates ‘beat up wives’. As reported in Lambeth Witness #7, Bishop Roskam said:

We have 700 men here. Do you think any of them beat their wives? Chances are they do. The most devout Christians beat their wives…, many of our bishops come from places where it is culturally accepted to beat your wife. In that regard, it makes the conversation quite difficult.

What she is saying is that statistically if you have a large group of men, some may beat their wives. As one reads the story in The Times it is clear that Roskam did not say what was written in the headline.

Bishops were quick to deny that they beat their wives, although no one accused them. In the United States, it is known that 1 in 4 women suffer abuse, so it is statistically likely that some of those who in inflict violence are bishops. In fact I know of two myself.

This is the classic “shoot the messenger” strategy. Figure it out, 650+ men, wives requesting separate seating during a session on gender violence, almost universal acceptance of wife beating around the world (check any women’s shelter in the US), could it be possible?

There is much more in her posting, what the tide brings in, including some useful links. I highly recommend it.

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