By Mary Joanne Henold
Catholic feminism grew from in the church, rooted in women's personal studies of Catholicism and non secular perform, Henold argues. She identifies the second one Vatican Council (1962-65), an inspiring yet openly sexist occasion that enraged and exhilarated Catholic ladies in equivalent degree, as a catalyst of the move in the church. Catholic feminists frequently defined their feminism when it comes to their dedication to a gospel mandate for social justice, liberation, and radical equality. They thought of feminism to be a Christian precept.
Yet as Catholic feminists faced sexism within the church and the area, Henold explains, they struggled to combine the 2 elements in their self-definition. either Catholic tradition and feminist tradition indicated that any such conjunction used to be not going, if now not most unlikely. Henold demonstrates that efforts to reconcile religion and feminism exhibit either the advanced nature of feminist awareness and the artistic power of spiritual feminism.
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