Episode 3: Radical Feminism vs. New Feminism
Episode Highlights


1. In his encyclical, Evangelium Vitae, Pope John Paul II writes, “In transforming culture so that it supports life, women occupy a place, in thought and action, which is unique and decisive. It depends on them to promote a "new feminism" which rejects the temptation of imitating models of "male domination", in order to acknowledge and affirm the true genius of women in every aspect of the life of society, and overcome all discrimination, violence and exploitation.”

2. During the course of his earthly ministry, Jesus Christ broke through society’s imposed restrictions on women. St. John’s Gospel (Chapter 4) describes a beautiful example of this in his account of Christ talking with the Samaritan woman at the well. St. John writes, “At that moment his disciples returned, and were amazed that he was talking with a woman, but still no one said, ‘What are you looking for?’ or ‘Why are you talking with her?’” This is astounding from our Christian perspective: To us, there is nothing surprising about the Lord conversing with a woman in public. In reading this passage, we see clearly to what extent Christ upended assumptions about women and restored them to their true dignity in Him.

3. In his encyclical, Mulieris Dignitatem, Pope John Paul II writes, “The women are the first at the tomb. They are the first to find it empty. They are the first to hear: “He is not here. He has risen, as He said.” They are the first to embrace His feet. They are also the first to be called to announce this truth to the Apostles.


The Kitchen Madonna

The Kitchen Madonna:
Patroness of The Catholic View for Women

Mary was not only Jesus' Mother, but also a housewife. Her utensils are earthly and heavenly symbols. The key represents the safety in the house and also the way into heaven. The kettle symbolizes nourishment for body and soul. The broom represents cleanliness in the home and in thoughts and deeds. 
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The Magnificat
Magnificat is a lavishly printed, easy-to-read pocket-sized worship aid, of more than 400 pages.

Magnificat can be used to follow the daily Mass and can also be read at home for personal or family prayer.
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Consider praying the Divine Office on a daily basis. 
The Divine Office provides psalms and prayers to be prayed at different times of the day. 
See www.divineoffice.org.

Discussion Questions
  •  What does the term "feminist" mean to you?
  •  What are the strengths of being a woman?
  •  How is Our Lady a model of femininity in your life?
  •  How do you feel the tug of the world towards false feminism in your daily life?
  •  Have you had occasion to speak to your daughters or girlfriends about true femininity?
  •  How have your views of feminism changed over the years?
  • Do you think feminism in terms of the way it is promoted by the world, accurately represents you as a Catholic woman?
Janet's Homework Assignment
Janet's Homework

Read Pope John Paul II’s encyclical on the sanctity of human life, Evangelium Vitae.

Click here to read Evangelium Vitae (PDF).

Reread the Apostolic Letter from Pope John Paul II  - Mulieris Dignitatem (On the Dignity and Vocation of Women).

Click here to read Mulieris Dignitatem (PDF).