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, other 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 feminism
so profoundly. I have seen first-hand that feminism does not liberate women.
It does not free them from anything. Because of spiritual blindnessthe
same spiritual blindness that caused you to write to me with such hatred
in your heartthe advocates of feminism blindly enslave 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 feminism 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, and to
compete with both men and women in business by acting like hostile, cold-hearted
But what happens when the supernatural
is thrown aside as an impediment? Children are emotionally neglected and denied
the gentle care of a mothers 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 Gods 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 partnernot a slave and not a
playmatefor 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 Matrimonynot in any other social
relationshipare 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: the man represents Christ, and
the woman represents the Church who must be obedient to Him.
In all of nature,
a male fertilizes a females egg so that the egg can grow and develop
into an independent organism. For humans in particular, 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 Father.
reproductive function between a man and a woman serves as a signification
for Christs 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
Fathers presence forever.
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 parentsespecially
your fatherhas been misdirected at the Church. The Church is filled with
hypocrites. But the real, mystical Church is pure.
If you want more than your own trite understanding of Christianity, then let the
pain of your childhooda pain put upon you unwillinglybe your cross,
and let it be joined to the Cross itself, which Christ took up willingly.
Yes, you could complain in bitterness
that youre 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 dont want to deny yourself. The purpose of life
is to serve God with pure
love, regardless of what happens to you or how
the world treats you, so that your sacrifices can
help to lead others to true healing from the bitterness
they feel about their emotional pain. Genuine Catholicism is about
healing, but the ideology of feminism is about hatredas you, in your own words,