“Do you want to be a priest” isn’t just a question that was asked because I was woman studying theology. I think it comes from a deeper place, I think people are genuinely curious why the Catholic Church teaches that the priesthood is reserved to men. And let’s be honest, some people aren’t just curious about it, they are angry about it.
How many people look in the mirror every morning and feel inadequate and just ugly? These ladies didn’t know what to expect at first but then they realised the mirror started talking to them. It also showed them personalised messages from their families and friends reassuring them just how appreciated they are. Watch their reactions as the scene unfolds.
Pope Francis has named Australian theologian Tracey Rowland among the new female members of the International Theological Commission. The Vatican announced her appointment on 23 September, along with those of Sister Prudence Allen RSM, Sister Alenka Arko, Dr Moira McQueen and Prof Marianne Schlosser.
While young women have long faced social pressure to look their best, the fact that “the glare of the camera is never far away,” as Hoder puts it, sets the experience of today’s teenagers and young adults apart from that of previous generations. The message is loud and clear: You must be beautiful.
The ratio of female to male infants continues to decline in India and a recent report by the United Nations warned that urgent action is needed to reverse the trend. The report, “‘Sex Ratios and Gender Biased Sex Selection: History, Debates and Future Directions,” was published by the organization UN Women. The ratio has gone from 976 girls to 1000 boys in 1961, to 927 girls in 2001, and to 918 girls in 2011.
Catholic teaching on sexuality and fertility is being hailed as a moral alternative to hormonal birth control that embraces nature and respects the fullness of women’s lives and dignity.
I have had medical issues with my cycles since they started at the age of 12. For a year I was too embarrassed to tell my mom, or anyone outside of my journal, that just about everything was wrong with them. You name it; I probably experienced it.
Women walking down the street, especially in larger cities, are likely accustomed to some mild catcalling or comments directed toward them from complete strangers. Most of these women ignore their hecklers, but not Lindsey. Lindsey, a 28-year-old from Minneapolis who only is identified by her first name, confronts the people making unwanted comments, accusing them of “street harassment.”
In all my years I have seen nothing come close to the visual beauty of the female form… not the Grand Canyon, an Irish castle, a Ferrari F50, or a bald eagle with a butterfly halo riding a gazelle through a vast meadow of lilies at dawn (although tweeting that pic would certainly get more likes than my sister’s last bathroom selfie).
I expect the world to go about its regular denigration of women — I just wish members of the Church would stop helping them.
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