Can a Catholic be a Feminist?


QUESTION: can a Catholic be a feminist?

ANSWER: The answer to this question can be yes, if you clarify what exactly is meant by feminism. In everyday speech, feminism is often identified with the struggle for the so-called “reproductive rights” of women, including abortion and technologies that suppress fertility. If we give feminism its original meaning, implying a movement against social discrimination against women, then it is fully compatible with the Christian faith and is even an essential aspect of the modern Church. Saint John Paul II wrote about the “new feminism” in the encyclical “Gospel of Life”.

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