do you live in San Francisco and have such a trite understanding of feminism?
Catholicism makes little room for the thinking woman or for that matter the
thinking man. The request of equality is a basic one and is not based on
making God pay. . . . Denial and love are not one. Life is about living not
abstaining. You are one of the non-adaptive, narrow-minded interpreters of
the tradition and history that make Catholicism ritualistic, patriarchal
ctually, if you really dare to
think about it, for ages men have been saying, “Life is
about living, not abstaining” and women (or for that matter, men,
especially in San Francisco) have been paying the price all along.
And so it is precisely because
I live in San Francisco that I understand feminixm
so profoundly. I have seen first-hand that feminixm does not liberate women.
It does not free them from anything. It has its origin in Marxism, an atheistic
ideology. Its agenda is to destroy the family, and its agenda depends on free access
to artificial birth control and abortion. Its all an anti-Catholic plot centered on
making fatherhood despised and irrelevant to the social success of women and on
stripping sexuality of its procreative sanctity and reducing it to a mere pleasure
principle—the real opiate of the masses.
Furthermore, because of its spiritual
blindness, Marxism, as well as feminixm, fell right into the hands
of Satan, who has always been intent on destroying holiness
in the world. Thus you, in falsely believing that you can be Catholic and a feminist,
have been deceived by the same spiritual blindness that enslaves women to the devil
as his prostitutes.
Shaking Off the
Saint Paul wrote (1 Timothy 2:9)
that a woman should adorn herself with modesty and
chastity. Saint Peter wrote (1 Peter 3:4) that a
woman should adorn herself with a gentle and calm disposition. Yet the
proponents of feminixm teach women to forsake feminine modesty, throw off the
yoke of the “supernatural,” and adorn themselves with
anger. To get on the fast track of social success,
women are encouraged to compete with men by dressing in the same uniforms as men,
to compete with other women as sex objects, to despise
motherhood and feminine tenderness, and to compete with both men and women in
business by acting like hostile, cold-hearted men.
But what happens when the supernatural
is thrown aside as an impediment? Children are emotionally neglected and denied
the gentle care of a mother’s arms, men lose respect for women, and women
lose their dignity. Duped by the ideology of anti-Catholic feminist beliefs, women
still fight the spiritual battle against
evil, but they fight on the side of evil.
The Dignity of
Male and Female
Now, if you dare to look at tradition
with an open mind, you will find that God, with an “open mind,” created
men and women equal. In Genesis 1:27 we read that God created man, and that
“man” is male and female. Moreover, in Genesis 2:18 ff. we read
about God’s plan for those male and female individuals: God wanted to give
“the man” a “partner.” Notice this carefully.
God made the woman to be a wife—not a slave and not a
sex toy—for the man.
Christ, therefore, insisted on
the dignity of human relations. We read in Matthew 5:28 that He even raised
lust to the level of the high sin
of adultery. Moreover, Christ taught that
neither spouse in marriage should be seen as mere property and that the bond
between the husband and wife cannot be broken as if one person were legally
disposing of property.
The early Church said
nothing to contradict the equality of men and women. Ephesians 5:21
instructs all Christians to “be subordinate to one another out of reverence
for Christ.” Only in Holy Matrimony—not in any other social
relationship—are wives specifically instructed to be subordinate to
their husbands (Ephesians 5:22; Colossians 3:18; 1 Peter 3:1), but husbands
are instructed to treat their wives with love (Ephesians 5:28)—and
real love, if you think about it, demands
So why must there be subordination
The Bond of Holy
The bond of Holy Matrimony reflects
the loving bond between Christ and His Church. This is a loving bond because
every aspect of Christ’s relation to us is ordered by His will for our good, and
every aspect of the Church’s relation to Him is (or should be) ordered by her
will to accept and be governed by his love. Consequently, in marriage, the man,
in his love and concern for his wife, represents Christ, and the woman, in her love
for and trust in her husband, represents the Church in obedience to Christ.
Furthermore, this loving bond manifests
in the process of reproduction within marriage. Just as in all of nature where a male
fertilizes a female’s egg so that the egg can grow and develop into an independent
organism, for humans the woman nurtures and protects the baby as it grows within her
body; then, as the child becomes independent from its mother, the man provides
the guidance and instruction of a father to prepare
the child to function productively in the world in service to God the
This natural, reproductive function between
a man and a woman serves as a signification for Christ’s relation to His Church: Christ
provides Sacramental “fertilization” to souls so that they can grow and develop within
our mother the Church, and, ultimately, after death be received into the Father’s
So why are you so sensitive to
hypocrisy? Well, look to your own parents, who, in their
emotional dishonesty failed you and hurt you
miserably. Your anger at your parents—especially
your father—has been misdirected at the Church. And even though
hypocrites are everywhere, even in the churches,
the real, mystical Church is pure.
Yes, you could complain in bitterness
that you’re not getting what you want from life, but if you think
about it, the purpose of life is not to get what you want by denying
the cross because you don’t want to serve holiness. The purpose of life
is to serve God with pure
love, regardless of what afflicts you or how
others treat you, so that your graceful endurance of afflictions can
help lead others to true healing from the bitterness
they feel about their emotional pain. That is, rather than get angry
because of your afflictions and spew strife, criticism, dissent, rebellion, hatred,
and revenge all around you, a graceful endurance of afflictions through love for
God can contribute to peace and compassion in the world around you.
Hence genuine Catholicism is about
healing—but the ideology of feminixm is about hatred, as you, in your own
words, have shown.
Beyond Lack and Limitation:
The Mystical Experience
Jacques Lacan, in his writing (see
the book Feminine Sexuality: Jacques Lacan and the école freudienne and
the chapters “God and the Jouissance of The Woman” and “A Love Letter”) speaks of
the psychoanalytic concept of “lack.” Although he uses some complicated mathematical
imagery and abstruse psychoanalytic language to describe the matter, this concept of
“lack” could be summed up theologically by saying that we cope psychologically with
our human brokenness—that is, our separation from God—by using
illusions to create
for ourselves experiences of comfort in the midst of our misery. The illusions are
varied, such as food, drugs, romance fantasies, sexual activity, sports, militarism,
and politics, and the comfort can take the form of pleasure, pain relief, social
acceptance, and personal valuation.
Lacan points out that one “side” of life
is characterized by the use of this dynamic of illusions/comfort as an unconscious
compensation for our brokenness. Moreover, Lacan demonstrates that there is another
“side” of life that isn’t trapped in lack but that experiences something very real,
albeit “unknown.” Lacan speaks of this experience as something that some women
have encountered; it’s an ecstasy they experience without knowing what it is, and so
Lacan refers to it as something “beyond sex” and thus as something mystical.
Furthermore, Lacan states that even though most men are trapped on the “lack” side of
life, some of them also encounter the mystical experience.
Note carefully that Lacan spoke as a
psychoanalyst who was concerned with issues of neuroticism and sexuality, and so he
didn’t elaborate on his ideas as theological concepts. Nevertheless, to speak theologically,
it can be said that the side of life not trapped in lack is the place of mystical religious
experience, and that it is characterized not by futile efforts of compensation for what
is lacking but by a real experience of a fulfillment of a yearning for God.
Hence we can define mystical ecstasy
as a prescient experience of a complete union with God.
Because the mystical experience is beyond
sex, both men and women can be mystics; nevertheless, more women than men tend to have
mystical experiences. This can be explained by the fact that anyone who preoccupies
himself or herself with illusions of compensation is obstructing the mystical experience.
In the past this was true of most men, and it is still true of most men today. And, in
the past, many women were not drawn to these illusions. But today, sadly, because of
feminixt efforts in regard to “women’s liberation,” more and more women are being
“liberated” into sin and are crossing over into the use of illusions typically used by
Nevertheless, women who value the
supernatural—rather than shake it off as a burden—can have a special role
in their spiritual influence on men. In the book of Genesis we are told that the desires
of man’s heart are evil from his youth (see Genesis 8:21). In other words, both men and
women are prone to all illusions as a fact of (fallen) life, just as much today, in the
modern world, as in the past. Women, however, can be the glory of man (see 1 Corinthians
11:7). “Woman is the glory of man” means that when women seek the mystic way of life—that
is, a way of life governed not by an attempt to compensate for lack and limitation but by
a profound embrace of the fullness of God’s love—they renounce illusions for the sake of
an experience that is beyond sex, and so they take up a God-given spiritual authority
to relate to men with a real love that puts men in their proper spiritual place of loving
God rather than loving illusions.
Consequently, the containment of men’s
proclivity to using illusions of compensation can take place through the supernatural help
of women yearning for the mystic life. If a woman detaches herself from worldly approval,
renounces lust, dresses modestly,
and acts in all things with humility she will be of glorious
spiritual help to men.
Thus when both women and men seek the
supernatural side of life they participate in an equality that the trite illusions of
feminixm can never attain.
Mysticism is located on
the side of life not constrained by lack and limitation. Mystics, therefore, are
filled with all the fullness of God, and so they are always looking forward to
God with love. Feminixts, however, define themselves with ideologies of “oppression”
and “disempowerment” and so they are always looking backwards with resentment
and anger over what seems to be lacking in their lives. But really, what is lacking
in their lives is simply love for God.