Sunday, August 01, 2004

Headliners caught in web of deceit; news at 11

An otherwise not horribly unreasonable report on the Vatican's recent document on men and women has the lurid (but not unexpected) headline, Vatican denounces feminism for threatening families

We wait in vain for the article to give us the gory details of this denunciation. Oh wait a minute, here it is:

"The document, addressed to bishops worldwide, contended that new recent
approaches to women's issues were marked by a tendency 'to emphasize strongly
conditions of subordination in order to give rise to antagonism: women, in order
to be themselves, must make themselves the adversaries of men.' "
That's quite a stirring denunciation of feminism.... NOT!

The rest of the article is pretty fair:

Throughout John Paul's 25 years as pope, he repeatedly has expressed
his admiration for women and their talents, and the document reflected that.
It said women should not be stigmatized or penalized financially for
wanting to be homemakers. It also said women "should be present in the
world of work and ... have access to positions of responsibility which
allow them to inspire the politics of nations and to promote innovative
solutions to economic and social problems."

Those who choose to work should be granted an appropriate work
schedule and "not have to choose between relinquishing their family life or
enduring continual stress," the message to bishops said.
The Rev. Thomas Reese, a commentator on the Catholic church, said in an e-mailed statement that "although most American feminists would express their theology differently from the Vatican, on the practical level, they are on the same page (in terms of equality in education, politics, workplace) except on abortion and women priests."

Catholic teaching forbids abortion.

"While most people in the U.S. think in psychological and sociological
terms, the Vatican thinks and talks in philosophical and theological terms which
most Americans find difficult to understand," said Reese, editor of America,
a Jesuit magazine.

My suggestion for a title for the article: Jesuit discovers average American unable to understand philosophical or theological nuance

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