Episode 29—Catholic Feminism: Should We?—Abigail Rine Favale
Today there is more pressure than ever before on both women and men to embrace feminism. In her outstanding memoir, Into the Deep, Abigail Rine Favale gives a resonant account of her journey from an evangelical childhood to a Christian feminism which inevitably gave way to the secular, postmodern variety. This ideology gradually gutted her faith—a process interrupted by childbirth and a sudden and unexpected conversion to Catholicism.
We discuss the feasibility of Catholic feminism, the danger of interpreting Scripture and doctrine through a predetermined ideological hermeneutic, facile uses of the word “equality”, the totalizing nature of all ideology, the role of intuition in the spiritual life, and more.
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Recent articles by Abigail Rine Favale
“Confessions of a Feminist Heretic” http://churchlife.nd.edu/2019/01/11/confessions-of-a-feminist-heretic/
“Sex and Symbol” http://churchlife.nd.edu/2018/06/19/sex-and-symbol/
“Hildegard of Bingen’s Vital Contribution to the Concept of Woman” http://churchlife.nd.edu/2018/12/11/hildegard-of-bingens-vital-contribution-to-the-concept-of-woman/
Dawn Eden, “Eve of Deconstruction: Feminism and John Paul II” https://www.catholicity.com/commentary/eden/03324.html
Thomas V. Mirus, “Should women be meek and mild like Mary?” https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/otc.cfm?id=1594
Theme music: “Franciscan Eyes”, written and performed by Thomas Mirus.
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