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    3 good reasons Catholics should be feminists

    3 good reasons for Catholics to be feminists -- FemCatholic.com

    If you’ve heard that being a feminist is anti-Catholic, think again.

    In today’s world, being a Catholic can be controversial. Especially when it comes to women’s rights.

    Feminism has a history of advocating for things that the Catholic Church contends with, whether it be outright support of abortion, or just the connotation that mothering isn’t valuable work.

    So it’s not uncommon for a Catholic to cringe at the word “feminist.”

    But in 1995, St. Pope John Paul II actually issued a call for women to rise up in the name of feminism – a call for a “new feminism.”

    And if feminism is good enough for a Pope who’s also now a canonized saint, well, it’s good enough for me.

    Here’s three good reasons Catholics should be proud to sport the (new) feminist label:

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    Modern Catholic Women, Talks

    Live Interview: My Story & Why I Started FemCatholic

    My Story: How Being a Feminist Brought Me Closer to God 25 min interview

    I started this blog to help women like myself.

    Women who may not have always felt like they fit within the Church, or fit the image of a “good Catholic woman.”

    Women who have been attracted to feminism, but who want to know how to reconcile it with their Catholic faith.

    Women who have a sense that the strength, power, and influence of women is untapped — both in the Church and in the world.

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    Modern Catholic Women

    How being a feminist brought me closer to God

    Most people probably wouldn’t get so worked up over water bottles. But as a young feminist, when my grandma told me to let my younger brother carry the heavy case of Aquafina, I was livid. “Seriously?!” I thought, “why does she think I’m so dainty and weak?!”

    Feminism was in my blood from the beginning, it seems. In Kindergarten when a boy tried to chase me around the playground, I ran for a bit and then stopped, paused, and confronted him. “Why are you chasing me?”

    “Uh, I dunno…” he muttered.

    “Well, I’M going to chase YOU then.”

    I was never one to be mistaken for meek and mild.

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    Can you be Catholic and a Feminist?

    Can you be Catholic and Feminist? Read more on FemCatholic.com

    Can you be both faithful to the Catholic Church and be a feminist?

    If you look at the literal meaning of feminism, then the answer is emphatically yes, but when you look at the modern feminist movement, that confident “yes” turns into a blur of uncertainty and conflicting perspectives. The purpose of this post isn’t to give you a definitive answer, but instead address some of the common points of discussion.

    Secular Perspective

    Background of Feminism

    A quick Google search defines feminism as the  “the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.” A lot of feminists will simply say it is gender equality. In the United States, we can see “waves” of the feminist movement. This isn’t to say there weren’t women speaking out before that, but rather to point out that these were established movements.

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    4 Essential Podcasts for Catholic Feminists

    4 Essential Podcasts for Catholic Feminists -- FemCatholic.com

    1. The Catholic Feminist podcast

    Hosted by millennial Claire Swinarski, this weekly podcast features strong Catholic women on topics ranging from refugees, to eating disorders, to women’s rights. It’s like having a coffee date with your new best friend who has all the best connections and insights. (She’s even interviewed Audrey Assad!) Be “inspired, informed, and intentional” and definitely hit ‘Subscribe’ on this one.

    Don’t miss these episodes:

    • How Women Can and Should Utilize Leadership Skills
    • How To Talk About Politics On Social Media Without Losing Your Friends Or Your Soul
    • How Catholics Should Respond to the Refugee Crisis

    Find The Catholic Feminist Podcast on the website or iTunes.

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    The Vatican Document all about Women

    The Vatican Document All About Women. FemCatholic.com

    In 1988, Pope John Paul II published the Apostolic Letter Mulieris dignitatem, which means in Latin “On the Dignity and Vocation of Women.”

    Read it from the Vatican here.

    Or get this book version, which includes commentary.

    Some key points and thought-provoking quotes:

    • A woman, Mary, is at the center of human salvation because it was through her that Jesus came into the world
    • In her “fullness of grace” Mary signifies the fullness and perfection of what is feminine

    both man and woman are human beings to an equal degree, both are created in God’s image.”

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