Archbishop of Brazil


Supposedly there is an article stating that this Archbishop told the women of Brazil that if they obeyed their husbands and not ask for divorce they would not be beaten and that the beatings are their faults. Anyone know anything about this?


Please link to the article. It might be hearsay.


You’ll have to provide more context. For one, there is no such thing as “the Archbishop of Brazil”.
Brazil is a massive country with a huge population. There are well over 40 metropolitan sees in Brazil meaning that there are well over 40 archbishops in distinct cities…


I apologize. Supposedly he is the Archbishop of Spain and not Brazil?? I also did not see an actual link to the rag that posted/wrote this but they are on fb. However, it is an article that
Progressive Secular Humanist is putting out there. I believe this rag is just trying to stir up trouble but just wondering if anyone has read anything contrary.

“Catholic Archbishop Blames Disobedient Wives For Domestic Violence
January 8, 2016 by Michael Stone 156 Comments
Blaming the victim: A Catholic archbishop tells his congregation that the root cause of domestic violence is a woman’s disobedience to her husband.
Speaking to his congregation in Toledo, Spain, Archbishop Braulio Rodriguez said that wives could escape being physically abused by not being disobedient and by not asking their husbands for a divorce.
Rodriguez, who is the Archbishop of Toledo, spoke to his congregation about relationships at a sermon held in Toledo Cathedral on December 27.
In addition to blaming women for domestic violence, the archbishop criticised “false marriages” and “quickie divorces.”
Rodriguez said:
The majority of cases of domestic violence happen because the woman’s partner does not accept them, or rejects them for not accepting their demands.
Referring to domestic violence as a “macho reaction” the archbishop added:
… often the macho reaction comes about because she (the wife) asked for a separation.
(Note: there is nothing “macho” or masculine about domestic abuse. Such behavior is the antithesis of masculine, and reflects a deficit in both character and intellect.)
As one might expect, reaction to the Archbishop’s unjustifiable justification for domestic violence has been one of outrage and anger.
In Spain, the archbishop has been accused of “inciting violence” and thousands of furious Spanish women have taken to social media to slam the misogynistic cleric.
One wrote:
The archbishop of Toledo has linked domestic violence to couples not being in a ‘proper marriage’. So says the celibate man who believes in a ghost.
Another added:
He should be locked up for inciting violence. This idiot should keep his medieval views to himself.
The Huffington Post reports that the archbishop has refused to comment on the criticism. In addition, Father Thomas Rosica, an English-language spokesman for the Vatican, declined to comment on the offensive*remarks.
In 2015, 56 women were killed in Spain because of domestic violence, and more than one million cases of domestic violence have been dealt with by the Spanish courts since 2007.”

Archbishop Braulio Rodriguez Plaza (Image via Wikimedia)


I found a couple of news sources claiming that he said this … unfortunately none of those news sources are ones that I would consider credible. Tabloids, blogs, forums, one anti-catholic organization.

Nothing from credible news sources or from Catholic sites that either confirm or debunk this.


Yes thank you. I have done a few searches and like you have found nothing credible. This particular article is from an atheist site so----. I am still having an exchange with them on fb but no one is able to post from a credible site.


I did a search for the bishop’s name and the only other site reporting this is the trash newspaper huffington post.

So, I doubt he actually said this. This is probably a case of trying to discredit a holy bishop and commit libel or slander against.


Thank you everyone for the replies.


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