Towards the end of the sixth century, Mary Magdalene was ousted from her central position in the Western Christian matrix. In one dramatic act of interpretation and condemnation the role model of Mary Magdalene was severed from the axis of Christianity. The Apostle of the Apostle of the early apostolic infrastructure was now considered undesirable and dangerous. How was that possible when Mary Magdalene was Jesus’ closest companion, and Jesus made no bones about gender issues? Mary Magdalene was certainly most fitting to be the first bishop of Rome. Yet as we know, no female pope waves at us from the Vatican window in St. Peter’s Square. As is often the case, the issue is the bending of truth. History was rewritten, and metaphorically, Mary was crucified!
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