The Birth of Gender

Once upon a time, I posted on my “About the Author” page that anyone who left requests for posts would receive a response.

Since my family constitute approximately 94% of my readership, the only request came from a relative. However, being the turd that I am, I never responded.

Well, consider this turd flushed.

Here is the original request:

I`d love to read a blog of yours regarding the restriction of women having all the rights to become clergy as men in the Catholic Church (perhaps I am not using all the correct terms, but you get the point I`m sure). I wonder if becoming a father, specifically of a daughter, has challenged your support of the Catholic Church`s stance? Do you not want her to have all the same rights in the church you love so much? Do you think she is less worthy or able to serve the Church due to her gender? These are more rhetorical questions as I do not believe your answer would be “no” to either one. That being the case, I would love to have a blog addressing and explaining the Church`s reasoning, and your personal support of them. I love the passion with which you write about the church and your ability to make logical real life connections. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this.

I’d like to take a couple of posts to talk about these questions, because they are really important. Understanding what the Church teaches about gender is really key to understanding what She says about anything.

So, for the next few posts, hold onto your hats: I’m going to share all of my illustrious wisdom on the topic of women.

Now might be a good time to remind myself publicly just what this blog is supposed to be. This will be my experiences of gender in the Church; the experiences I have had and the ideas I have learned from others combined in my own words, limited though all of that may be.

For real original insight from real Theologians, not punk bloggers, I recommend some other readings (aka these are the places from which I am about to steal my ideas):

A Love that Satisfies by Christopher West

The aforementioned book was a dumbing down of Pope Benedict’s encyclical Deus Caritas Est, so I feel safe recommending that even though I haven’t actually read the whole thing.

Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium 

Everything Pope John Paul II ever wrote, in particular this letter which I didn’t know existed until recently:

 http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/letters/documents/hf_jp-ii_let_29061995_women_en.html

The Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Holy Bible

These sources are in reverse-order of importance. Come on back now!

 

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