By Gina Weiss
“The particular mission of women is to protect, to preserve, to shelter, to guard, to bring warmth in a cold, icy universe.” – St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)
Listener Matt e-mailed Fr. Rick Poblocki on Calling All Catholics, asking, “What is the Catholic doctrine on feminism?”
Fr. Rick explained that the Church doesn’t have a doctrine but rather an approach. He said that the Church upholds true Christian feminism, believing in equality of pay and the complementarity of the sexes. Both men and women should receive equal pay in their jobs and that, in the light of complementarity, the workplace should be constructed to accommodate for women who want to have children.
He said that the Church would go against radical forms of feminism such as male bashing and the attitude that a woman’s reproductive powers are oppressing.
It’s important to realize the differences between men and women so that we can live and work together in peace, charity and joy. May we celebrate our equality and thank Our Lord for our differences, striving to live our masculinity or femininity as a child of God.
“It is universally admitted – even by people with a critical attitude towards the Christian message – that in the eyes of His contemporaries Christ became a promoter of women’s true dignity and of the vocation corresponding to this dignity.”
– St. John Paul II, Mulieris Dignitatem
(Apostolic Letter, “On the Dignity and Vocation of Women”)
This episode of Calling All Catholics aired at 5 pm Eastern on Tuesday, March 1, 2016.
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