The Catholic Church and Feminism. Part 6

On the woman question, Pope Francis seems to follow in the footsteps of St. John Paul II, but at some times ignores the work of his predecessor and at other times shows a greater adherence to feminist ideology. Continue reading

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The Catholic Church and Feminism. Part 4

While St. John Paul II wasn’t the first pope to condone feminism and attempt to reconcile it with Church teaching, he is the pope who made “Catholic feminism” possible. He became known as the “feminist pope” after he referred to himself as such during an audience with a group of women at a conference on women’s health and human rights at the Vatican. While St. John XXIII and Paul VI had already begun to condone feminism and reconcile it with Church teaching, St. John Paul II was the architect of the “new feminism” or “Catholic feminism.” “Catholic feminism,” to all who understand feminist ideology and have knowledge of its effects, is a contradictory term. St. John Paul II didn’t use this term—his call was for a “new feminism.” For some Catholic women however, this new feminism was in effect Catholic feminism, and, the license to live their lives as both a Catholic and a feminist. I wrote extensively on Why Catholics Can’t be Feminists in a previous post so I won’t repeat myself here. Continue reading