Zuckermann - Flemish Double-manual Harpsichord after Hans Moermans II (1642)
Anonymous asked: can you name ways the Church is pro-woman?
1. The Church provided a way for women to develop their skills and talents and achieve greater levels of education in a time when education for women was rare.
2. Also, in a time when a woman was seen as totally dependent on man, convents defied that stereotype by showing women who were very intelligent and quite socially independent from men.
3. The Church is today one of the largest organizations in the fight against human trafficking which enslaves many women.
4. By fighting against pornography the Church is fighting against the objectification of the human person, which continues to affect women politically, economically, and socially.
5. Theologically speaking, the Church has a great respect for Mary that is absent in most other Protestant traditions. The Catholic Church recognizes a woman as the only sinless human being. (Except for Christ, but He was also God. Mary didn’t get that advantage.)
6. Recently, the Church has named St. Hildegard de Bingen as a doctor of the Church, probably one of the highest honours one can receive in the Church. It is essentially a recognition that this person’s contributions to the Church makes them one of the greatest minds the Church has ever had.
7. While many people in society thought that it wasn’t ladylike to serve the poor directly, St. Vincent DePaul actively recruited women to help him in his service. The Daughters of Charity are today one of the most important forces in the fight against social injustice and poverty.
8. Women are seen as essential to the continuation of the human race, not just for the obvious biological reason. But because they reveal the feminine side of God in a way that is impossible for men to do.
Anyone else want to add some?
I love you for this.
Also, Mother Mazzarello (co-foundress of the Salesian Sisters) was one of the biggest pioneers of women’s education. There are other saints like her: Elizabeth Ann Seton, Katherine Drexel, and Mother Cabrini. Just to name a few. AND WE HAVE BOMB DOG FEMINIST SAINTS: Gianna Beretta Molla, Edith Stein, Jehanne d’Arc, AND MOOOOOOORE! In times when women were seen as less, the Church proved that we were more.