Some women at the church, at Sevenoaks in Kent, heard their curate say that women should – wait for it – submit to their husbands.
Mark Oden, married with three children (all no doubt obedient to him), of St Nicholas Church, is said to have told his congregation, “We know marriage is not working. We only need to look at figures – one in four children have divorced parents.”
He then gives his solution: “Wives, submit to your own husbands.”
“Oden’s sermon was preceded by the controversy over a pamphlet by the vicar of St Nicholas, Angus MacLeay, expressing similar views on the role of women in today’s society,” says the Digital Journal story linked to above.
The article quotes the Daily Mail as saying that one parishioner asked the question, “What kind of medieval sermon is that? We are not in the 15th century.” Another declared, “How can they talk that way in the 21st century? No wonder the church is losing touch if this is the kind of gobbledegook they want us to believe it.”
The story also appears in the Sevenoaks Chronicle, with a digest on the Thisiskent.co.uk website:
“As if we are being told to let our husbands talk for us,” fumed one wife, who lives in Sevenoaks and attends the church.
“And which husband? I divorced my previous husband because he threatened me and my children – am I supposed to listen to him?”
Rev. Oden defended his sermon.
“I am passionate about helping people to have healthy marriages.
“I did not set out to unnecessarily offend people, but I stand by what God has said in his word the Bible.”
Yeah, he also said adulteresses should be stoned (I’m sure some are, but I don’t think the Almighty meant that!) and that a man lying with a man as with a woman should be stoned to death, along with his fuck buddy (the Almighty may well have used a different term).
Just read the great lawgiving book of Leviticus for some pretty wacky things the Lord God Almighty told Moses to tell his people.