THE ARCHBISHOP of Toledo in central Spain has ignited fury over his claims that woman are largely to blame for the domestic violence which has dominated headlines over a violent 2015.
“Often the macho reaction comes about because she asked for a separation,” he told a congregation in December 27 remarks that have only now caused a storm across Spanish social media.
He went on to criticise an alleged culture of ‘quickie divorces’ and said that women were typically to blame for not accepting their partner.
The remarks will be seen in a particularly acute light in Spain which has seen a wave of anti-violence demonstrations after 56 women were killed by their partners, or ex-partners in 2015.
The news comes as recent figures showed that more than one million cases of domestic abuse have been investigated by courts since 2007.