An Italian priest, Father Piero [Pietro] Corsi, has provoked universal outrage after claiming that women are to blame for domestic violence by wearing tight clothing in his Christmas 2012 bulletin. Not only did the Roman Catholic priest publish it in his bulletin, but like Martin Luther tacked the notice his church door so that the entire world might marvel at his malevolence Machiavellian ministry and debate its henious hermeneutics.
Father Corsi also attacked women as if he was the Emperor Constantine I’s Saint Paul, or the incarnation of the “perfect woman” defined by Kaiser Wilhelm II as the hausfrau motto “Kinder, Küche, Kirche” (kitchen, church, and children: a phrase Hitler would use, Doramus, Max (1990), The Complete Hitler. A Digital Desktop Reference to His Speeches & Proclamations, 1932-1945 (Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, 1990), p. 532; the Kaiser actually added Kleider (clothing) but it was not that popular except with the Empress) for not cleaning their houses and serving fast food.
In Corsi’s cavorting calloused twisted thinking the predatory padre pandered that men were murdering women in record number since women were in open rebellion attempting to be equal to men. This is remarkably reminiscent of the absurdities in Paul’s letters to women, in which they are commanded to “submit” to their husbands (Ephesians 5:22 Αἱ γυναῖκες τοῖς ἰδίοις ἀνδράσιν ὑποτάσσεσθε, ὡς τῷ κυρίῳ), who were over wives (Ephesians 5:23 ὅτι ὁ ἀνήρ ἐστιν κεφαλὴ τῆς γυναικὸς ὡς καὶ ὁ Χριστὸς κεφαλὴ τῆς ἐκκλησίας καὶ αὐτὸς ἐστίν σωτὴρ τοῦ σώματος, but it needs to be noted that nowhere in the Gospels approved of by the emperor does the Jesus of the New Testament claim himself to be “the Christ”, as that salutation was issued by Peter; nor does he use the word “church” that is a gloss from Matthew 16:16 ἀποκριθεὶς δὲ Σίμων Πέτρος εἶπεν Σὺ εἶ ὁ Χριστὸς ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ θεοῦ τοῦ ζῶντος as there is no evidence that any directly select apostle knew Greek, and Χριστὸς is used when it should have been the Hebrew word for Messiah: משיח; there is a wealth of difference as a Christ is an anointed warrior, like David, but a Messiah (in Greek: Μεσσίας) was a saviour or deliverer and there is no reference to a Church, the original text means a congregation of believers), be quiet (1 Timothy 2:11-12 γυνὴ ἐν ἡσυχίᾳ μανθανέτω ἐν πάσῃ ὑποταγῇ but here the issue is that of a student receiving instruction, while verse 12 γυναικὶ δὲ διδάσκειν οὐκ ἐπιτρέπω οὐδὲ αὐθεντεῖν ἀνδρός ἀλλ’ εἶναι ἐν ἡσυχίᾳ is not a precept taught by the Jesus of the New Testament, but is the martial law of the writers of the letter who usurped authority from the head of the community, James the biological brother of Jesus and one of many sons born to Mary), and accept the man as superior (1 Corinthians 11:3: ἐν ὑμῖν αὐτοῖς κρίνατε· πρέπον ἐστὶν γυναῖκα ἀκατακάλυπτον τῷ θεῷ προσεύχεσθαι, the first clause is a contradiction of Matthew 7:1 and directly opposed to the teaching of the New Testament Jesus, so the men who were reading and / or hearing the letter written in the name of a Paul, were not within the community of believers, but a part of a chrestiano sect that the Emperor Constantine would raise above the christianos in his invention of Paulinity that he renamed Christianity; the independent clause after the subordinate clause is a question and is current only in debate and was not meant, based on ancient grammatical construction, to be a directive or injunction as read прилично ли женемолиться Богу с непокрытою головою? or este cuviincios ca o femeie să se roage lui Dumnezeu desvălită?).
The chest-pounding cleric called on women to engage in “healthy self criticism” over femicide—men murdering women—and realize that they were responsible for their own assassinations and disgrace. Domestic violence against women (read here and here and here and here) is a serious problem in Italy. At least one in four women will be physically and/or sexually abused in her lifetime although a report by a United Nations mission in June said it was “largely invisible and underreported”. The reason for the invisibility and underreporting is that most victims are terrified by threats of renewed and stronger violence from their husbands or male companions.
The Daily Beast‘s Barbie Latza Nadeau notes that in the year 2012, 120 women have been killed in domestic disputes in the European nation, “a third more than last year.” In fact, the problem has even caught the attention of the United Nations Human Rights Council, which urged the country to take action last June.
Monsignor Vincenzo Paglia, the president of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Family, went on Vatican Radio Thursday to dismiss the claim the priest made when he blamed women. Paglia said: “There is widespread often dramatic violence against women and you cannot think at all that it’s the fault of women themselves,” (C’è una violenza diffusa, che si abbatte – talora in maniera drammatica – sulle donne e non è possibile pensare minimamente che sia colpa delle donne stesse se tutto questo accade.)
Corsi remained unapologetic. While media claimed he issued an apology for his crassly crafted comments, he denied making any effort to soften or remove his comments, as Italian women continue to be suppressed.
Since his posting of his thesis on the church door, Piero has stood, Hitleresque, demanding allegiance in a nation where fascism and anti-Semitism is seeing a rise as Hitler is increasingly remembered as a saviour. In an astonishing message, Corsi attacked pornography and demonically declared that women share the blame for “provoking the worst instincts which then turn into violence and sexual abuse”.
Father Corsi’s letter, pinned to the door of the church in the northern village of San Terenzo di Lerici, reads: “Let’s ask ourselves. Is it possible that men have all gone mad at one stroke? We don’t think so. The core of the problem is in the fact that women are more and more provocative, they yield to arrogance, they believe they can do everything themselves and they end up exacerbating tensions. “How often do we see girls and even mature women walking on the streets in provocative and tight clothing? Babies left to themselves, dirty houses, cold meals and fast food at home, soiled clothes. So if a family ends up in a mess and turns into crime (a form of violence which should be condemned and punished firmly) often the responsibility is shared.” The text, posted on a website by a conservative Catholic named Bruno Volpe, attacked pornography and erotic television advertising but said women shared the blame for “provoking the worst instincts, which then turn into violence and sexual abuse”.
The mayor of Lerici, Marco Caluri, said the article was “astonishing and deeply offensive”. The bishop of La Spezia ordered it to be taken down, saying it contained “unacceptable opinions which are against the common position of the church”. Corsi refused to address the reality of abused women in Italy.
Corsi has consistantly ignored the fact that a third of the women in Italy had reported being victim of serious domestic violence, a UN report citing data from Italian statistics agency ISTAT said. The report said that as many as 127 women had been murdered by men in 2010, often as a result of “honour [sic: assumed males superiority], men’s unemployment (there was no comment on the number of unemployed women or how unemployment effected them and any family they might have) and jealousy by the perpetrator“. As in the myth of Eve, women were also the instigators of evil, and men were the heroes (who cowered behind bushes).
According to The Journal, Corsi denied the reports that he had apologized and handed in his resignation amid the storm of protests from women’s rights and anti-violence campaigners. He claimed that a resignation letter sent to news agencies was “probably a fake.” The parasitic priest is quoted as saying he will “take a rest” but had no intention of stepping down. It was he who was tired, not his victims who were chastised for their gender.
Maria Gabriella Carnieri Moscatelli, the head of Telefono Rosa, an association that helps the victims of violence, said an apology was not sufficient. She told SkyTG24 television: “I thank the bishop who had the paper taken down but I’m still not satisfied because I think someone needs to talk to this person and understand why he has these attitudes. Ms. Carnieri Moscatelli maintained: “I think he needs to make a deeper examination of his conscience that goes beyond apologies.”
Corsi has not stepped down. Instead, invidiously, Corsi, who has never resembled nor practiced the charity and mercy of the Jesus of the New Testament swung out like the temporal lobe epileptic seizure suffering Saul of Tarsus (Landsborough D. (1987). “St Paul and temporal lobe epilepsy.” Journal of Neurology & Neurosurgery Psychiatry. June; 50(6): pp. 659–664; cp. Barry E, Sussman NM, Bosley TM, Harner RN. (1985). “Ictal blindness and status epilepticus amauroticus”. Epilepsia. November-December; 26(6): pp. 577–584) who styled himself an apostle and attacked another marginalized group asking a reporter for Rai Radio: “I don’t know whether you’re a queer or not, but what do you feel when you see a naked women? Are women themselves not causing harm by unveiling themselves like this?”
The script is identical to those issued by theological students of Islam in Afghanistan: the Taliban who rise up whenever a female is not wearing a full Burqa. The reporter’s disregard of this invasive, unorthodox, repugnant and rude question that most people would have felt obliged to respond with a blow to the priest’s nose and a crushing chop across the shoulders knocking the vituperative vicar to the ground followed by a swift and hard kick to the testicles was met with calmness, illuminating his character as being closer to that of Matthew 5:39 (ἐγὼ δὲ λέγω ὑμῖν μὴ ἀντιστῆναι τῷ πονηρῷ· ἀλλ’ ὅστις σε ῥαπίσει ἐπί τὴν δεξιὰν σου σιαγόνα στρέψον αὐτῷ καὶ τὴν ἄλλην·), than the Mephistophelean miscreant masquerading menacingly as a curator of souls.
Cori’s exordium pronouncements came tantamount to a naked fatwa, and his enemy was those who were least able to protect themselves, and strongly suggests that Father Corsi is gay. The reason for this is (1) his questioning of another man (going back to the time-weathered comment “my lady protests too much” first recorded by William Shakespeare in his Hamlet, Act III, scene II, where it is spoken by Queen Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother), as show in studies on hiding sexual identity (Schrimshaw, Eric W.; Siegel, Karolynn; Downing Jr., Martin J.; Parsons, Jeffrey T. (2012). “Disclosure and Concealment of Sexual Orientation and the Mental Health of Non-Gay-Identified, Behaviorally Bisexual Men”. doi: 10.1037/a0031272 Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. December 31) the questioning (2) a verbal assault on perception of women nude, when no such comment was entertaining or questioned by the reporter (Stotzer, Rebecca L.; Shih, Margaret (2012). “The relationship between masculinity and sexual prejudice in factors associated with violence against gay men.” doi: 10.1037/a0023991 Psychology of Men & Masculinity, Vol 13(2), April, pp. 136-142. Special Section: Recent Research on Gay and Bisexual Men. 1), and (3) reflecting the question back to sadistic abuse based on gender (Rye, B. J.; Meaney, Glenn J. (2010). “Measuring homonegativity: A psychometric analysis”. doi: 10.1037/a0018237. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science/Revue canadienne des sciences du comportement, Vol 42(3), July, pp. 158-167; Sánchez, Francisco J.; Westefeld, John S.; Liu, William Ming; Vilain, Eric (2010). “Masculine Gender Role Conflict and Negative Feelings about being Gay.” doi: 10.1037/a0015805 Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Vol 41(2), April, pp. 104-111). More critical is the study that shows proximity to sexual minorities is associated with negative effect in homophobic individuals. Results indicated that in the group primed with homosexual erotica, homophobia is positively related to anger and fear and negatively related to happiness and disgust, but no such associations were found for the heterosexual prime males: Zeichner, Amos; Reidy, Dennis E. (2009). “Are homophobic men attracted to or repulsed by homosexual men? Effects of gay male erotical on anger, fear, happiness, and disgust.” doi: 10.1037/a0014955. Psychology of Men & Masculinity, Vol 10(3), July, pp. 231-236. Cp. Moradi, Bonnie; van den Berg, Jacob J.; Epting, Franz R. (2009). “Threat and guilt aspects of internalized antilesbian and gay prejudice: An application of personal construct theory.” doi: 10.1037/a0014571. Journal of Counseling Psychology, Vol 56(1), January, pp. 119-131, cf. Moradi, Bonnie; van den Berg, Jacob J.; Epting, Franz R. (2006). “Intrapersonal and interpersonal manifestations of antilesbian and gay prejudice; An application of personal construct theory”. doi: 10.1037/0022-022.214.171.124. Journal of Counseling Psychology, Vol 53(1), January, pp. 57-66).
Using the framework of social dominance theory, the results from multilevel models indicated that significant differences existed across peer groups on homophobic attitudes. These differences accounted for the basis of the hierarchy-enhancing or -attenuating climate of the group where the social climate of the peer group moderated the stability of individuals’ social dominance attitudes. (Szymanski, Dawn M.; Carr, Erika R. (2008). “The roles of gender role conflict and internalized heterosexism in gay and bisexual men’s psychological distress: Testing two mediation models.” doi: 10.1037/1524-9126.96.36.199 Psychology of Men & Masculinity, Vol 9(1), January, pp. 40-54). Following protests, the priest told weekly newspaper Oggi: “After everything that’s happened, which has certainly been well beyond what I intended or expected, I think there’s need for calm, rest and silence to respond with the serenity and harmony required to carry on” (read here and watch here the YouTube video. Based on existing evidence, Father Corsi does, indeed, need rest and psychological counseling (Parrott, Dominic J.; Zeichner, Amos (2005). “Effects of Secual Prejudice and Anger on Physical Aggression Toward Gay and Heterosexual Men.” doi: 10.1037/1524-9188.8.131.52 Psychology of Men & Masculinity, Vol 6(1), January, pp. 3-17).