JudyObscure April 3, 2020 Share April 3, 2020 2 hours ago, MissLucas said: He was clearly fearing the scandal more than he cared for her - otherwise he would have respected her decision and set arrangements for her in motion. Like organizing a job where she could keep her child. As a man of a cloth this would have been an option under the pretense of being charitable towards his 'fallen' housekeeper. Or he could have asked Mother Mildred to do that instead of trying to pull rank (so to speak). This is what other priests in his situation have done - accepting raised eyebrows and whispers within the congregation as the price - at least the more decent ones. And she was clearly fearing scandal more than she cared about her child. She herself could have tried to organize a job where she could keep her child or she could have asked for help. She could have kept her child -- accepting raised eyebrows and whispers as the price. I'm not trying to defend the priest's actions, he was wrong. I'm saying I think the show is written with a double standard that overlooks and forgives the mistakes and failings of women, while demonizing the men for theirs. This is Heidi Thomas's style and it reflects contemporary attitudes, but I don't think it reflects the 1960's attitudes very well. 6 Link to comment
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