The battle of the sexes, or rather the intellectual battle between radical feminism and those who recognize that men and women are intrinsically different, has just heated up.

The Vatican has just issued a statement that charges the breakdown of the family is the result of radical feminism.

It is not our policy in this in this space to comment on religious matters, but we can’t ignore the Vatican’s hot-off-the-presses document, especially as it has radical feminists in an uproar.

Nobody with an interest in women’s issues will be able to ignore this document.

The Vatican doesn’t condemn the more sensible objectives (having professional opportunities, being paid fairly, etc.) of the old line women’s movement that almost all in the West accept today. But it is otherwise devastating.

Written by Cardinal Ratzinger, one of the most influential thinkers in the Vatican, the statement charges that radical feminism had undermined the institution of the family by turning men and women into enemies.

Here’s what the Belfast Telegraph says:

“Ratzinger said the ‘subordination’ of women had provoked them to ‘make themselves the adversaries of men, with ‘its most immediate and lethal effects in the structure of the family.’ And attempts to downplay the differences between the sexes had inspired ideologies, ‘which call into question the family, in its natural two-parent structure of mother and father, and make homosexuality and heterosexuality virtually equivalent.'”