Okay, first off, I know this is NOT the current belief! But I was doing some research and came across some information where the Catholic church pronounced Midwives the churches biggest enemy because they ease the pain of labor, which was gods punishment for women...
My question is at what point did this idea change? And are there still Christian orgs. that feel this way?
Asked by Anonymous at 1:09 PM on Dec. 9, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs
Answer by LoveWiseCouncel at 1:14 PM on Dec. 9, 2009
Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 1:21 PM on Dec. 9, 2009
One theory, popularized by Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English in their 1973 pamphlet Witches, Midwives, and Nurses, proposed that midwives were especially likely to be targeted in the witch-hunts. This assertion has been decisively refuted by subsequent research, which has established the opposite: that "being a licensed midwife actually decreased a woman's chances of being charged" and "midwives were more likely to be found helping witch-hunters" than being victimized by them. (Gibbons, Recent Developments; Diane Purkiss, The Witch in History.)
Answer by Anonymous at 1:30 PM on Dec. 9, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 1:32 PM on Dec. 9, 2009
this is not true..........
Answer by Anonymous at 2:13 PM on Dec. 9, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 2:26 PM on Dec. 9, 2009
Which is untrue, the original post or one of the responses?
I went to the link and it seems to be a fairly unbiased source, it certainly doesn't white wash the role of Catholicism and Protestantism while taking into consideration other factors that contributed as well.
Answer by erdavh at 2:29 PM on Dec. 9, 2009
Answer by beeky at 2:40 PM on Dec. 9, 2009
I been Catholic all my life and I can honestly say I have no idea what you are talking about. I've never heard of this so I can't tell you when it changed. What difference does it make the Church does not say anything about mid-wives are labor.
Answer by RyansMom001 at 3:08 PM on Dec. 9, 2009
Answer by erdavh at 3:12 PM on Dec. 9, 2009