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Vatican newspaper publishes defense of complementarity of sexes

Catholic World News - May 13, 2014

L’Osservatore Romano has published an essay by Sister Sara Butler, an American nun who serves on the International Theological Commission, defending the notion of the complementarity of men and women in the face of various feminist critiques.

“Creation in two sexes belongs to God’s revelation,” writes Sister Butler, a Mundelein theologian known for her defense of Catholic teaching on the ordination of women. “It is Catholic doctrine, not simply one theory among many (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church , §§ 369-72). To overcome sexism, it is not necessary to eradicate the difference between the sexes, but only to end the opposition between them that results from sin.”

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  • Posted by: distractedbrony - May. 14, 2014 2:07 AM ET USA

    Well, that raised more questions than answers. First she says that the doctrine of complementarity between the sexes "does not propose a theory based on masculine and feminine personality traits," but then goes on to say that "Sex complementarity, in God’s plan, is not only physical but also psychological," and never explains why this is not a contradiction. So I am left scratching my head.

  • Posted by: Baseballbuddy - May. 13, 2014 6:50 PM ET USA

    Let us give thanks to God for Sister Sara. She has more fortitude than a boatload of bishops. I have heard her speak, and she is amazing, orderly, coherent, and, of course, faithful. A gem.

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