In a sort of self-criticism, Schönborn commented on the male chauvinism that has existed in the Church for centuries. “Women were the first to find the empty tomb but we have always forgotten about them”

On Easter morning women regained the central role which the Church had forgotten about for centuries. The comments the Archbishop of Vienna made in the homily he pronounced during the Easter Mass celebration at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, constituted a kind of unreserved self-criticism.

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn recalled the role of women as described in the Gospel’s Easter stories: “it was women who first found the empty tomb but we have always forgotten about them, we men of the Church.” And yet it was on that very Easter morning that women earned themselves a central place in the history of salvation, a history which should make us feel grateful towards these women: “gratitude for their testimony, gratitude for their loyalty and love for Jesus.”

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