The New Catholic Feminism

Part 10: The New Catholic Feminism

The following is part 10 of a 20-part series. Follow the series at thedivinemercy.org/feminism.

The darkest period of European history for women was doubtless the era from 1400 to about 1850 AD. It was marked by a drive to restrict women to the home and the enclosed convent, and also (up until the early 1700s, at any rate) by the witch hunts that claimed hundreds of thousands of lives.

Part 8: The New Catholic Feminism

The following is part 8 of a 20-part series. Follow the series at thedivinemercy.org/feminism.

When the barbarian invasions swept across the Roman Empire, Christian women played important roles in evangelism and peacemaking. In Roman Gaul (present day France), for example, communities of consecrated women worked alongside their bishops to evangelize the invaders, and in Baudavia, Saint Radegund acted as a peacemaker between the local church and the reigning families of the new social order.

Part 7: The New Catholic Feminism

The following is part 7 of a 20-part series. Follow the series at thedivinemercy.org/feminism.

In the previous installment of this web series, we began to look at the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, in Holy Scripture and Catholic Tradition, and what this says to us about the dignity and vocation of women.

Part 6: The New Catholic Feminism

The following is part 6 of a 20-part series. Follow the series at thedivinemercy.org/feminism.

So, what does the New Testament add to biblical teaching about men and women in God's plan?

Probably the favorite verse in the New Testament for Liberal Christian Feminists is Galatian 3:28: "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus."

Part 5: The New Catholic Feminism

The following is part 5 of a 20-part series. Follow the series at thedivinemercy.org/feminism.

Last week we began our exploration of the teachings of Holy Scripture, the Word of God, on the nature and dignity of men and women, and the relationship between them in God's plan. Needless to say, however, the fall of the first parents of the human race into sin did a marvelous job of messing things up! Pope St. John Paul II summed up the situation in his apostolic letter Mulieris Dignitatem (On the Dignity of Women):

Part 4: The New Catholic Feminism

The following is part 4 of a 20-part series. Follow the series at thedivinemercy.org/feminism.

Let's begin, therefore, at the beginning; I mean literally at the beginning. Jesus said "from the beginning," God made us "male and female" (Jn 19:3). And the Bible indicates that he made them different, but equal in dignity and value, right from the start.

Part 3: The New Catholic Feminism

The following is part 3 of a 20-part series.

Radical Feminism comes in several forms.

Socialist or Marxist Feminism roots the subjugation of women in bourgeois capitalist economic and social arrangements. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels laid the groundwork for this form of feminism by teaching that the struggle for women's liberation from social servitude and sexism is akin to the wider social struggle of the working class against slavery and oppression by the capital-owning class.

Part 2: The New Catholic Feminism

The following is part 2 in a 20-part series.

Before we move on to examine the more radical versions of feminism on offer today, let's finish our comparison of the New Catholic Feminism with classical, Liberal Feminism.

Part 1: The New Catholic Feminism

The following is part 1 in a 20-part series.

Over the past few months, whenever I would speak to anyone about the new web series I was working on, they would invariably turn to me and reply: "The New Catholic ... what?" For most of us who lived through the last few decades of the culture wars in western society, the idea that one could be both a Catholic and a feminist is simply unthinkable.

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