Just wondering if anyone has any good feminist Catholic (or even just general Christian) blog recommendations. I love a lot of the feminist blogs out there, but sometimes it would be nice to read more that don't see Christianity as irredeemably part of the patriarchy. Similarly, there are some Catholic blogs I really enjoy, but I would like to see more feminist analysis.

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reproductive morality and the law

So just as a little preface to introduce myself, since I'm new to this comm: I am protestant (United Methodist) but I have Catholic roots in my family and was actually baptized Catholic as a baby. I am also working on a Masters in Pastoral Counseling at the School of Theology and Ministry in a Jesuit Catholic university (the STM provides both Catholic and ecumenical tracks) so many of my professors and classmates (who are becoming friends) are Catholic. I am really enjoying getting in touch with these roots a little bit more, and learning about the richness and depth of the Catholic tradition.

I'm generally one of these people that's more interested in what the various Christian sects have in common than what our differences are, but because of Catholicism in my family and my own history, I have still been very curious about things that are "distinctly Catholic." I've been learning recently about a lot of the rich theological language around sexuality and the importance of a sexual union bringing at least a possibility of new life... I may not completely agree with it, but I appreciate that things are not as simple as "birth control is bad; don't ask why" which seems to be a lot of what popular (non-Catholic) opinion is on the doctrine--like, the Catholics are just behind the times or something, instead of there really being something of substance here to talk about.

I've also noticed that lately, there are some conservative Catholic groups who are aligning themselves with the evangelical protestant Christians in the fight against abortion, but that it doesn't seem to be all of Catholicism doing this. Anyway, my question comes in here ... what are your thoughts on how much the Catholic ethic of sexuality and new life should be legislated? I guess I'm mostly interested in hearing from people who DO think that birth control is unethical for contraceptive purposes--do you think that the pill shouldn't be available at all as a contraception because of it's immorality? What about abortion, or the morning-after pill?

What I'm primarily interested in here is how people separate (or don't) their moral beliefs with what they would support being legislated. Here in the US, it seems the line between what is moral and what should be written into law is blurring a great deal lately, and I'm so interested in how people distinguish where that line is. I hope that's clear enough to get some good discussion :)
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Hierarchy of catholic Church/Gender?

Hi Everyone,

I grew up Catholic, and while I have a vague/general understanding of how the church works, I was wondering if any of you knew of any helpful sources (online or otherwise) that outline the catholic church's structure, particularly in relation to gender?

I'm creating a study guide for the play "Doubt" by John Patrick Shanley, which includes refernees to how (at least at certain historical moments, ie, the 1960s)...a priest and a nun were not allowed to be in a room together, without supervision.

So I'm both interested in the chain of command from pope-downward and of how nuns have historically fit into/complicated/etc that structure.

Pantheon for a new era

Inspiring Women

A friend recently asked for my help in locating a book for her god-daughter who is about to be Confirmed. She's looking for something like inspiring biographies of women for young girls. I can't think of anything like it.

It sounds like a great idea though, a bit Victorian admittedly but it wouldn't have to be done like that. Does anyone know of such a book?

Also for discussion: Who would you like to include?

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Christian feminism

Hi, I posted recently in faith_feminists and christianleft asking if anyone knew of any Christian feminism communities, and, if not, if anyone would join one, were I to start it myself.

Anyway, owl_of_minerva over at faith_feminists pointed me towards this community, which I somehow managed to miss in my original search.

I just wondered what people's feelings here would be about a community about Christianity and feminism (all Christian denominations, including Roman Catholicism). Would that be treading on any toes? Is there too much overlap? Or on the other hand, would anyone be interested in joining?

All feedback gratefully received. Thanks!
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Sorry, y'all. I somehow accidentally posted here when I meant to post to my own LJ. If you saw the rant about snow, forget it; I've deleted it.

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Consent to marriage, ius in corpus, and feminism

I'm a non Catholic taking a course in Canon Law, and I'm here asking for some help/input on my paper for the semester.

I've written about the evolution of consent to marriage from "ius in corpus", giving the perpetual and exclusive right to the body, to partnership and consortium, specifically as reflected in the Canadian journal of canon law Studio Canonica

My thesis is (basically) that something is missing from the discussion of consent in marriage, that even as it moves towards a much more progressive and mutual definition (for example, where a woman could potentially have the right to refuse sex with her husband), the language of discourse is strikingly gender neutral and scrupulous to avoid all reference to gender issues and feminism.

I submitted This paper for my midterm and will submit an expanded version of it for the final. I'm hoping to include some reference to contemporaneous feminist Catholic scholarship (in the '70s and '80s) to do some c&c. I am asking for direction/references for this question, and also for any other feedback or input you care to give.

Thanks so much!

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