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Jakarta Post

Victoria Rue: A woman's place in world religions

  • Spike Mountjoy

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, August 4 2008   /  11:14 am
VICTORIA RUE: (JP/A. Junaidi)(JP/A. Junaidi)

Self described Catholic Priest Victoria Rue hopes her trip to Indonesia will plant a seed that eventually sees the ordination of this country's first female priest. VICTORIA RUE: (JP/A. Junaidi) Speaking to a group of women's rights activists and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people gathered in Central Jakarta recently, Rue said the Roman Catholic Church has subjugated women for centuries and needed to change. "Women have been thought of as evil, sinful and lustful, as representing only the body and not the spirit." Rue, who is also a lecturing professor of comparative religion and women's studies at California's San Jose University, said women have been systematically excluded from positions of power in the Church. She said when the Vatican allows women to become priests, it will make a profound difference in the world. ...