Ready to Rumble: Discussing a Theology of Woman.

I’ll be on the Drew Mariani Show, hosted by Wendy Wiese at 4.30 ET today to discuss the theology of women. 

A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece prompted by Pope Francis’ implicit call for a theology of woman. Generated a variety of responses. Check them out and guess which is my favorite…

Simcha Fisher offered some much appreciated support, too.

As did Elizabeth Scalia on Facebook. I’ll just post her comment here. She cites Simcha’s article:

Look, Catholic women are in a very peculiar position in the 21st century. Many of us have, like de Solenni, rejected the radical feminism that the secular world offers. We are horrified that the feminist movement devolved into a parody of itself, and almost instantly turned from its sorely needed goal of promoting respect and justice for women, and became ugly and strident, rejecting fertility, scorning self-sacrifice, devaluing men and damaging women and children.

But most of the Catholic women I know are just as disgusted with the sissifcation of the Church. We have no desire to replace the sacraments with weaving classes and yoga. This is stupid stuff. This doesn’t tell you what woman can offer, any more than a stroll down the porn and firearms aisle of your local porn and firearms store tells you what men have to offer.

I do not want to be a man, and I do not want to be like a man. I also do not want to turn the Church into a hand-holding, feelings-sharing warm bath of emotion. That’s a parody of womanhood, and it’s just as offensive to women of faith as it is to men of faith.

This is precisely why we need a theology of women: because we’re tired of the parodies, the clownish extremes that purport to represent womanhood.

Brava, Somechop Fisher and Pia de Solenni. These extremes are killing us.


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  • Chris Lee

    I think St. Theresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) has more than laid a foundation in this area. I see echos of her work in some of Blessed John Paul II’s work including Theology of the Body.

  • Jeff Culbreath

    It seems to me that what we need is not a new “theology of woman” (can we stop with the new theologies already?), but fidelity to the Church’s unchanging theology of God and man. It’s all there. Catholics today just don’t happen to like it very much. Finding the right applications for contemporary society requires the exercise of wisdom and prudence, not a new theology.

  • Suburbanbanshee

    Re: new theology being needed or not — There really are a lot of great Bible verses, and great exegetical thoughts from the Fathers on up, about various verses of the Bible that are pointed at women, the points unique to them and the points which are the same for both sexes, and about women’s virtues and vices. Collecting this wouldn’t be a bad thing.

    However, the classic reason for MOAR THEOLOGY NOW is to combat heresies and errors, and goodness knows we’ve had plenty of heresies and errors about humans, men, and women in the last two hundred years. So new (or more explicit and systematized) theology of humanity is probably needed, even though it’s already been talked about.

  • Dr. Dominic Pedulla

    Bravo Doctor, Bravo! But contraception can be thought of as the interpretive hermeneutic (almost all by itself) for understanding the current problem of women and the Church. To promote an authentic feminist theology (or even sociology of woman), one must understand this, and we are yet to be there, in my opinion, even though the TOB and various hopeful signs point to a hope of getting there.

    A deeper understanding of the contraceptive disempowerment of women that now, in a sociological sense, has become normative in the Church, would go a long way toward helping understand not only the current demise of true woman, but also how she fits in in the Church. And all this is not to mention avoiding the reductive “merely functionary” way of looking at women’s leadership roles in the Church too.

    I would love to discuss this with you more.

    Dominic M. Pedulla

    President, The Edith Stein Foundation

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