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

Mary the Mother of God

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 … [Read more...]

Cleavage = Control? I Don’t Think So!

Cleavage of a woman

There's power in cleavage?That was the claim of a recent Detroit Free Press article by columnist Georgea Klovanis which had me steaming.  "Cleavage," the article informed me, "is a powerful, powerful thing."The article quoted Elisabeth Dale, who calls herself a "breast expert" and who writes a blog titled The Breast Life.  "Breasts are very magical," says Dale.   “...They have the power to sustain life.  They’re a huge part of a woman’s own sexuality.  They’ve been taken over by advertis … [Read more...]

Just What Does Pope Francis Want to Offer Women, That They Don’t Already Have?

woman in church - praying

"Women," says Pope Francis, "should play a greater role in society and the Church."  But what exactly does that mean?Pope Francis spoke on Saturday, January 25 to the national congress of the Italian Women's Centre, a Catholic women's association promoting greater democracy, human rights and human dignity.  “I strongly wish," he said, "...that (opportunities and responsibilities) may open themselves up further to the presence and participation of women, both in the church as well as in soc … [Read more...]


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