Why Catholics Can’t Be Feminists. Part 3

If you ask any woman today who has young children and a full-time job, or any woman who sleeps around indiscriminately, or even the average middle-class single mom who most likely initiated her divorce, she’s likely to say she’s not a feminist…Indeed, she has probably never joined a feminist cause in her life, nor does she necessarily have a strong opinion on the matter. But her lifestyle is a direct result of feminism’s influence in her life. That is the insidious nature of the feminist revolution, and it is the reason why it’s the most significant social movement of our time.

Suzanne Venker and Phyllis Schlafly, The Flipside of Feminism

I’ve already touched on one of the main effects of feminism—abortion as a cherished “right”—in the previous parts of this post. There is not one effect of feminism that should be acceptable for a Catholic, as has already been suggested in Part 2 on the ideology of feminism, as an ideology and its effects are inseparable. However, I will discuss some effects of feminism to illustrate again why Catholicism and feminism are incompatible. Continue reading

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Why Catholics Can’t Be Feminists. Part 2

Vainglorious man in the role of guide, equipped with a map compiled from his own abstraction, would lead society to destruction.

-Edmund Burke

 In Part 1 of the post “Why Catholics Can’t Be Feminists” I discussed how the roots of feminism are found in liberalism and the nativist, Protestant milieu of 19th century America—intellectual seedbeds in opposition to the Catholic Faith. The ideology of feminism that grew from these roots is further evidence that Catholicism and feminism are incompatible. Continue reading

Why Catholics Can’t Be Feminists. Part 1

Wives should be submissive to their husbands as if to the Lord because the husband is head of his wife just as Christ is Head of the body the Church, as well as its Savior. As the Church submits to Christ, so wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

-Ephesians 5:24

 My husband has a name for Catholic feminists. He calls them “Catho-feminists.” Catho-feminists are practicing Catholics who adhere to the Church’s teachings but otherwise live their lives by the feminist code—they don’t take their husband’s last name, put their careers before their families, and have their own interpretation of Ephesians 5:24. Continue reading