Q. 1. During recent years, I have heard that the Bible is sexist because it always refers to the male gender. It gives the impression of oppressing the female gender. What does the Catholic Church say regarding this matter?
A. 1. The Holy Bible is a historical book that was compiled under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. In His Divine Wisdom, God decided to use the male gender which includes the female gender without exception. So if a reference is made to the "King's family," naturally, it includes the King, his wife the Queen, and their children.
In the days when the Biblical books were written, it was part of the culture to refer to the male figure who was the head of the household. Such a practice facilitated the tracing of the ancestors of that person. When a reference was made to the male figure, that reference was understood to include his family, his wife and his children.
Since the feminist movement (also known as the women's movement, women's liberation, or feminism) began in the Western world in the late 19th century, there has been a tendency to destroy any book that reflects the culture of the time by only referring to the male who was the head of the household. This included the destruction of the inspired Words of God in the Holy Bible in order to appease the whims of those who believed that they were inferior in this world.
The original texts, which must always be consulted in serious Bible studies, cannot be amended because such a change would then become a work of men (or women) and not be worthy of God's gift to the world.
Let us not forget the last Words of God that are written in the Holy Bible:
"For I testify to every one that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book: If any man shall add to these things, God shall add unto him the plagues written in this book." "And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from these things that are written in this book." [Rev. 22:18-19]