Today, the US Conference of Bishops has an interesting piece on their anti-equality site, Marriage Unique for a Reason. Therein, the provide some salient facts about St. Philip Howard:
- Born June 28, 1557, in London
- Died October 19, 1595, in the Tower of London
- Canonized in 1970 by Pope Paul VI
- Father of one son
- Patron of betrayal victims and separated spouses
Ah those good old days in the sixteenth century:
- Henry, VIII whacked two, and divorced three, of his six wives
- The professions were closed to women (doctors, lawyers and teachers were always men).
- The overwhelming majority of women did not work at all.
- Those women who did work were most often household servants.
- Married women, while housewives, were also household servants.
- Girls were unable to go to school.
- Few children of either sex went to school in Tudor England.
- Tudor England was a hierarchical society. Everyone, male and female, was expected to know his or her place and defer to his or her superiors.
- A married woman could not own property.
- Marriages where arranged by, and for, men.
- Girls were often forced to marry at the age of 12 to men they might have never even met.
Marriage has remained unchanged for 2,000 years. Right?