Pope Does Little to Upend the Status Quo on Gender and Sex

by Rachel Baker on April 21, 2015

I thought this was a pretty interesting article. As a non-Catholic, I had no idea there was a battle of the sexes going on. Honestly, I suspect a great many Catholics may not be very aware of this.

It seems like this might be an incredibly important story to keep an eye on where gender rights is concerned.

Here’s the Article: Pope does little to upend status quo on gender and sex, say advocates

When the Vatican announced last week that it had abruptly concluded its crackdown on a group that represents more than 41,000 American nuns for allegedly promoting “radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith,” a familiar hero emerged: Pope Francis, liberal reformer of the Catholic Church. “What a difference a papacy makes,” wrote Jason Berry, Global Post’s Catholicism correspondent, citing praise for how Francis values “the role of women in the church.”

But feminist theologians and advocates for women’s rights in the church say the pontiff has done little to challenge the status quo on matters of sex and gender, keeping U.S. Catholic nuns firmly under the control of the Church’s male leadership. Under an agreement reached on April 16 between the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), which represents 80 percent of American nuns, and the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the LCWR will not be sanctioned, but advocates for women’s equality say it must still allow the Vatican to approve its statutes, speakers and publications.

“The big good news is LCWR is still in business,” said Mary Hunt, a feminist theologian and co-director of the Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual in Silver Spring, Maryland. “The big bad news is the Vatican is still in charge.”

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