American Nuns, Radical Feminism, and the Fear of “Another Religion”

"I loved the Church for Christ made visible. Not for itself, because it was so often a scandal to me." - Dorothy Day, Catholic Worker For years now there's been a quiet effort to rein in the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), the Catholic Church's largest association of American women's religious orders. Back in 2008 it was announced that the Vatican was undertaking two large-scale investigations of American nuns who may "have opted for ways that take them outside" of Church teachings (meanwhile, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops instituted a ban on Reiki ). Many American nuns didn't take kindly to this display of authority, did not participate in the investigations, and in … [Read more...]

Quick Note: Gloria Steinem’s Paganism

Feminist activist, journalist, and icon Gloria Steinem, the subject of a recent HBO documentary, appears to have outed herself as a capital-P Pagan at a recent speaking engagement with Egyptian-American journalist Mona Eltahawy. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5ke2Adqqr4"Eltahawy’s family lived in England for most of her childhood, until her parents moved to Saudi Arabia when she was a teenager. She said she was raised Muslim, but not strictly traditionally, adding that she is now much more liberal than her parents and that her feminism was formed, in large part, in response to the restrictions on women in Saudi Arabia. Steinem’s father was Jewish, her mother was not, and she was rais … [Read more...]

Unleash the Hounds! (Link Roundup)

There are lots of articles and essays of interest to modern Pagans out there, sometimes more than I can write about in-depth in any given week. So The Wild Hunt must unleash the hounds in order to round them all up.The home of traditional 19th century Irish healer Biddy Early is up for auction. Current property owner Billy Loughnane is hoping that someone with a strong interest in Early will purchase the land, restore her cottage, and preserve it as a tourist spot. Biddy Early is perhaps one of the most famous of the female cunning folk, and her legend has only grown over the years. In June a new group blog, Feminism & Religion, launched. The main contributors are all feminist theo … [Read more...]