Vatican Conference on Women: Plastic Surgery Is Like “A Burqa Made of Flesh”

Nancy Brilli - Life of Women

Last month I told you about a controversial new video released by the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Culture, in preparation for the February 4-7 Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for Culture, which has as its theme “Women’s Cultures: Equality and Difference.”  Critics of the video thought that the Italian actress who invites women to send their concerns via video is too coquettish, too sexy, too flip.Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, prefect of the Pontifical Council for Culture, chose … [Read more...]

#LifeofWomen – A Perplexing New Video Released by the Pontifical Council for Culture

Patrick Madrid on Twitter

A new video released by the Vatican is raising eyebrows among some conservatives. The Women's Consultation Group at the Pontifical Council for Culture has prepared the video, which features an attractive woman who, with a shake of her blonde curls, invites women to submit a photo or a one-minute video of  their "vision" for their role as women. Critics have called the video "suggestive"--criticizing the sexy model's false eyelashes and sultry poses.  One website calls t … [Read more...]

Fictional “Pope Joan” Listed Among Twelve Women Who Helped Shape Christianity

This morning I was flummoxed to read in The Tablet a list of twelve women who supposedly "helped shape Christianity."   Numbered among this august group, according to writer Peter Stanford, are a prostitute, an excommunicated ex-nun, and an imaginary heroine who never even existed. Where on the list, I wondered, is St. Catherine of Siena, who had the political boldness to "speak truth to power" and who counseled Pope Gregory XI to return to Rome from Avignon and resume leadership and reform of … [Read more...]