Does God Have a Gender?

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With all the headlines about new abortion laws in various states and Supreme Court’s deliberations on same-sex marriage, there’s no escaping the politics of sex and sexuality these days—or the role of religion in shaping the culture’s conversation about such subjects. While we aren’t likely to come to consensus on these issues anytime soon, we […]

She Can Play Football–But What Happens Next?

Eleven-year-old Caroline Pla has been playing football since she was in kindergarten. But two games into her second season with the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO), the young athlete was banned from her team because she was a girl playing a full-contact sport. With support from her team, though, Pla and her family started an online […]

Know Your New Pope: A Feminist Guide

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We know he’s the first pope from Latin America, the first Jesuit pope and the first pope (probably) with only one lung. But where does newly elected Pope Francis stand on the issues feminists care about? The Catholic Church is not just a religious entity but also a political one, and often uses its social and […]

When Catholic Universities Were in Favor of Birth Control

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If you weren’t eagerly checking the bishops’ blog for their feelings on your health insurance, you may not have known that January 27 through- February 2 was Catholic Schools Week! I generally don’t participate in the bishops’ weeks (or fortnights), but I think this is an ideal moment to highlight the proud history of advocacy […]

Women Who Want to Wear Pants to Church Outrage Mormon Traditionalists

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When a group of Mormon women began promoting “Wear Pants to Church Day” this month as a way to encourage a stronger voice for women in church affairs, they received an abundance of attention, ranging from encouraging support to bitter outrage. Apparently, some people were so threatened by the idea of women wearing pants to […]

Yom Kippur: Feminism Meets Tradition

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Tonight at Kol Nidre, which marks the start of Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, my husband and I will fight over prayer books, as we do at the start of every service during the Jewish High Holy Days. We own two copies of Gates of Repentance, first published by the Central Conference of […]

Pussy Riot Feminism and the Orthodox Church

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The arrest, prosecution and imprisonment of three members of Pussy Riot have been used around the world to highlight the political repression of Putin’s Russia. But for me, the Pussy Riot incident was a sharp reminder of trouble closer to home. The sight of women protestors crossing themselves and prostrating in the traditional manner and […]

Why the Bishops’ “Religious Freedom” Argument Is a Lie

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The recent Huffington Post article by Sister Mary Ann Walsh of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) tells us quite a bit about the veracity of its claims that religious freedom is under attack in the United States. Sister Walsh portrays Catholic institutions as just wanting to be able to give away services as acts of charity without […]

The Bishops’ Fortnight–Whose Religious Liberty Are We Talking About?

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When members of the Catholic community, armed with placards declaring “Nunsense” in response to the Vatican’s investigation of American nuns, arrived at the office of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in early May, they were met with a protest larger, in a sense, than their own. The bishops had wrapped their entrance sign entirely in black […]

Rush Limbaugh Adds Catholic Nuns to “Feminazi” List

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Who isn’t a raging “feminazi” to notorious misogynist Rush Limbaugh? During his June 13 show, the right-wing political “entertainer” griped about how Catholic nuns and the reaction engendered by the Vatican’s recent “doctrinal assessment” of their leadership conference (in other words, its attack on them)—including Nun Justice rallies, a Change.org petition and an upcoming nine-state […]