Letter: Virgin Mary tougher than you think

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Sir: I would agree with Daphne Hampson that the Church has traditionally used the "Virgin Mother" as a stick to beat women (Faith and Reason, 21 December). However, the idea of Mary being passive is frankly ridiculous.

Not only is she approached directly by God as one free to make her own decision, but she insists that the Angel explains himself. Then she gives her consent, which is freely given and not mediated by any male relative.

It could have exposed her to death by stoning, as she could not know how Joseph would react.

There are in fact no passive women in the Gospels.

In their dealings with Jesus they argue, challenge, make demands, recognise him as Messiah and are treated with respect by him.

JOSe JOHNES

Crowle, Hereford & Worcester

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