Fr. James Martin: Even the Disciples Dismissed the Testimonies of Credible Women

This week, the FBI is investigating Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by several women. One of the common refrains among his conservative supporters—including many Christian leaders—is that they do not believe the women.

Even after Dr. Blasey Ford gave a stirring testimony before Congress, describing how Kavanaugh violently sexually assaulted her while they were high school classmates, many have taken his side.

But, as author and prominent Jesuit priest, Father James Martin noted on Twitter, male Christian leaders have a sad history of dismissing the testimonies of credible women, dating back to the disciples.

He tweeted,

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After Mary Magdalene; Joanna; Mary, the mother of James; and the “other women with them” encounter the Risen Christ on Easter morning, the women’s testimony is dismissed by the apostles as “nonsense” (ως ληρος: hōs lēros). “And they did not believe them” (Luke 24:11).

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As of now, the FBI plans to conclude their investigation later this week. You can watch Dr. Ford’s moving opening statement below.

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