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Catholic Social ActivismProgressive Movements in the United States$
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Sharon Erickson Nepstad

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781479885480

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479885480.001.0001

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Equality for Women and Catholic Feminism

Equality for Women and Catholic Feminism

(p.74) 3 Equality for Women and Catholic Feminism
Catholic Social Activism

Sharon Erickson Nepstad

NYU Press

This chapter examines the origins, themes, and actions of Catholic feminism in the United States. It begins with an overview of Catholic teachings on women and then provides an account of the early voices and organizations that challenged these views and proposed biblical gender equality. The chapter summarizes the ideas of feminist theologies, particularly the work of Mary Daly and Rosemary Radford Ruether. It then explores several distinctive strategies of resistance, including actions for the ordination of women, the Roman Catholic Womenpriest movement, the emergence of Women-Church groups that practice inclusive liturgies and worship, and organizations that promoted diverse Catholic perspectives on contraception and reproductive rights.

Keywords:   Catholic feminism, Mary Daly, Rosemary Radford Ruether, ordination of women, Roman Catholic Womenpriests, Women-Church, contraception, reproductive rights

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